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Firm Size, Source of Finance, and Growth - Evidence from China

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  • Jun Du
  • Sourafel Girma

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Using a comprehensive firm-level data set from China spanning the period 1998--2005, this study investigates the relationship between firm size, financing sources, and total factor productivity growth. Controlling for the endogeneity of financing sources, we find that firm size plays an important role in the way financial structure affects the growth process. Domestic bank loans are more effective for bigger firms, while self-raised finance is more beneficial to smaller firms’ growth. We also uncover evidence that ownership mediates the relationship between firm size, finance, and growth.

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  • Jun Du & Sourafel Girma, 2012. "Firm Size, Source of Finance, and Growth - Evidence from China," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(3), pages 397-419, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ijecbs:v:19:y:2012:i:3:p:397-419
    DOI: 10.1080/13571516.2012.715272
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    1. David Dollar & Shang-Jin Wei, 2007. "Das (Wasted) Kapital; Firm Ownership and Investment Efficiency in China," IMF Working Papers 07/9, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Hasan, Iftekhar & Wachtel, Paul & Zhou, Mingming, 2009. "Institutional development, financial deepening and economic growth: Evidence from China," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 157-170, January.
    3. Panicos O. Demetriades & Jun Du & Sourafel Girma & Chenggang Xu, 2008. "Does the Chinese Banking System Promote the Growth of Firms?," Discussion Papers in Economics 08/6, Division of Economics, School of Business, University of Leicester.
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    1. Jun Du & Yama Temouri, 2015. "High-growth firms and productivity: evidence from the United Kingdom," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 44(1), pages 123-143, January.
    2. repec:taf:ijecbs:v:24:y:2017:i:1:p:27-51 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Sourafel Girma & Dev Vencappa, 2015. "Financing sources and firm level productivity growth: evidence from Indian manufacturing," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 44(3), pages 283-292, December.
    4. Oleksandr Talavera & Charlie Weir & Lin Xiong, 2017. "Time Allocation and Performance: The Case of Chinese Entrepreneurs," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(1), pages 27-51, January.

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