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Red Capitalists: Political Connections and the Growth and Survival of Start-up Companies in China

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  • Jun Du
  • Sourafel Girma

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This paper analyses the role of political connections in the post-entry performance of private start-up companies in China. It documents robust evidence that political affiliation enhances firms’ survival and growth prospects, even if politically neutral start-ups enjoy faster productivity improvements. In addition, the benefits of political connections are largely confined to firms associated with local or top level governments, and they are more pronounced in capital-intensive industries.

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Paper provided by University of Nottingham, GEP in its series Discussion Papers with number 07/40.

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Keywords: China; political connections; growth; survival;

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  1. Du, Jun & Girma, Sourafel, 2009. "Source of Finance, Growth and Firm Size ? Evidence from China," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  2. Maggie X. Chen, 2009. "The Matching of Heterogeneous Firms and Politicians," Working Papers, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy 2009-05, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.

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