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Public governance and corporate finance: Evidence from corruption cases

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  • Fan, Joseph P.H.
  • Rui, Oliver Meng
  • Zhao, Mengxin

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Cross-sectional research finds that corporate financing choices are not only affected by firm and industry factors, but also by country institutional factors. This study focuses on the roles of public governance in firm financing patterns. To conduct a natural experiment that avoids endogeneity, we identify 23 corruption scandals involving high-level government bureaucrats in China and a set of publicly traded companies whose senior managers bribed bureaucrats or were connected with bureaucrats through previous job affiliations. We report a significant decline in the leverage and debt maturity ratios of these firms relative to those of other unconnected firms after the arrest of the corrupt bureaucrat in question. These relations persist even if we only focus on the connected firms that were not directly involved in the corruption cases. The relative decline in firm leverage is associated with negative stock price effects. We also examine the possibility that rent seekers are efficient firms and that corruption does not thus result in capital misallocation, but fail to find evidence to substantiate this postulation. Journal of Comparative Economics 36 (3) (2008) 343-364.

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Volume (Year): 36 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 343-364

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jcecon:v:36:y:2008:i:3:p:343-364

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Keywords: Public governance Corruption Rent seeking Regulated firms Corporate finance Capital structure China;

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