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Corporate Governance in China: Current Practices, Economic Effects and Institutional Determinants

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  • Qiao Liu
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This article provides a preliminary survey of the burgeoning literature on the Chinese listed firms' corporate governance. We structure the existing research around three themes: (1) What are the current corporate governance practices in China? (2) How do these corporate governance practices affect the Chinese listed firms' valuation and various corporate decisions? (3) How does China's unique institutional setting pre-determine the governance model adopted in China? The evidence indicates that the current governance practice adopted in China can be best described as a control-based model, which contrasts strikingly with the market-oriented model commonly used in the US and UK, and championed by most corporate governance advocates. The evidence also shows that Chinese firms, whose corporate governance practices deviate from the control-based model, demonstrate stronger performance, and tend to make decisions in line with the shareholders' interest. The evidence from the literature also suggests that the control-based model is rooted in the 'administrative governance' approach adopted by the Chinese regulatory authorities, and is tailed to China's specific institutional setting. (JEL classification: G3) Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by CESifo in its journal CESifo Economic Studies.

Volume (Year): 52 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 415-453

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Handle: RePEc:oup:cesifo:v:52:y:2006:i:2:p:415-453

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  1. Jiang, Guohua & Lee, Charles M.C. & Yue, Heng, 2010. "Tunneling through intercorporate loans: The China experience," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 98(1), pages 1-20, October.
  2. Ahrens, Joachim & Jünemann, Patrick, 2010. "Transitional institutions, institutional complementarities and economic performance in China: A 'Varieties of Capitalism' approach," Discourses in Social Market Economy 2010-11, OrdnungsPolitisches Portal (OPO).
  3. Lili Pi & Julian Lowe, 2011. "Can a powerful CEO avoid involuntary replacement?—An empirical study from China," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 28(4), pages 775-805, December.
  4. Fleming, Damon M. & Chow, Chee W. & Chen, Gongmeng, 2009. "Strategy, performance-measurement systems, and performance: A study of Chinese firms," The International Journal of Accounting, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 256-278, September.
  5. Liu, Qiao & Lu, Zhou (Joe), 2007. "Corporate governance and earnings management in the Chinese listed companies: A tunneling perspective," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 13(5), pages 881-906, December.

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