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An ABC Guide to Provincial Lending Patterns in China


  • Richard C. K. Burdekin
  • Ran Tao


Given its nonperforming loan ratio of over 20 percent in 2007 and its concentration on poorer areas, the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) seemed an unlikely candidate for a successful initial public offering. The major capital injection the bank received in November 2008 was preceded by signs of a reduced proclivity to lend to loss-making state-owned enterprises over the 1998-2007 sample period, however. Despite some evidence of redistributive lending practices, ABC's prospects may not be any worse than those of the other big state-owned banks that undertook IPOs from 2005 to 2006.

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  • Richard C. K. Burdekin & Ran Tao, 2011. "An ABC Guide to Provincial Lending Patterns in China," Chinese Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(5), pages 34-54, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:chinec:v:44:y:2011:i:5:p:34-54

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