Bank political connections and performance in China

Hung, C.-H. D., Jiang, Y., Liu, F. H., Tu, H. and Wang, S. (2017) Bank political connections and performance in China. Journal of Financial Stability, 32, pp. 57-69. (doi:10.1016/j.jfs.2017.09.003)

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Abstract

We examine the effects of bank’s political connection on bank performance and risk in China. We use hand-collected information on CEOs’ professional background to identify their political affiliations, and find that banks whose CEOs have former government experiences have higher return on assets, lower default risk, and lower credit risk. Additionally, politically connected banks have disproportionally higher performance when the CEOs previous worked in the same city where the current bank’s headquarter locates, had past banking experiences, spend more on entertainment and travel costs, and have higher previous administrative rankings (e.g., at the provincial or state level). These results suggest that politically connected banks have better access to lending to politically connected firms, which are high yield assets and more likely to be bailed out when in distress. Our results offer a mechanism of political rent seeking, consistent with the institutional environment of China’s banking and political system.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Liu, Dr Hong and Hung, Dr Chi-Hsiou
Authors: Hung, C.-H. D., Jiang, Y., Liu, F. H., Tu, H., and Wang, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Journal of Financial Stability
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1572-3089
ISSN (Online):1878-0962
Published Online:18 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Crown Copyright
First Published:Journal of Financial Stability 32:57-69
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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