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Does Bank Competition Alleviate Financing Constraints in China? Further Evidence From Listed Firms

Zhiwei Zhang, Dayong Zhang (), Josef Brada () and Ali Kutan ()

Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 2019, vol. 55, issue 9, 2124-2145

Abstract: This article studies the impact of structural changes in China’s banking sector on the financial constraints on Chinese listed companies’ ability to finance their investments. Using information on the location of bank branches of all Chinese banks, we find that growing competition among banks reduces financing constraints on listed firms. We also show that the emergence of joint-stock commercial banks and regional commercial banks has played a major role in alleviating financing constraints on enterprises, partially due to the weakening of the monopolistic position of state-owned commercial banks. Our findings are based on an analysis of the investment behavior of Chinese listed companies over the period 2000–2015. The results lend support to policies that would further relax regulations on entry into the banking sector.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/1540496X.2018.1564905

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