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Negative investment in China: financing constraints and restructuring versus growth

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  • Sai Ding
  • Alessandra Guariglia
  • John Knight

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This paper addresses a puzzle in China’s investment pattern: despite high aggregate investment and remarkable economic growth, negative investment is commonly found at the microeconomic level. Using a large firm-level dataset, we show that private firms divest in order to raise capital. We also find that, owing to over-investment and mis-investment in the past, state-owned firms have had to restructure by getting rid of obsolete capital in the face of increasing competition and hardening budget constraints. Finally, rapid economic growth counterweighs both effects for all types of firms, with a larger impact in the private and foreign sectors.

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Keywords: Negative investment; Financial constraints; Industrial restructuring; Economic transition; China; firm-level data;

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  1. Sai Ding & Alessandra Guariglia & John Knight, 2010. "Does China overinvest? Evidence from a panel of Chinese firms," Working Papers 2010_05, Durham University Business School.
  2. Natasha Agarwal & Chris Milner & Alejandro Riaño, 2013. "Credit Constraints and FDI Spillovers in China," CESifo Working Paper Series 4313, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Paul Mizen & Serafeim Tsoukas, 2014. "What promotes greater use of the corporate bond market? A study of the issuance behaviour of firms in Asia," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 66(1), pages 227-253, January.
  4. Minjia Chen & Alessandra Guariglia, . "Financial constraints and firm productivity in China: do liquidity and export behavior make a difference?," Discussion Papers 11/09, University of Nottingham, GEP.

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