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Special Deals with Chinese Characteristics

In: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2019, volume 34

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  • Chong-en Bai
  • Chang-Tai Hsieh
  • Zheng Song

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Chinese local governments wield their enormous political power and administrative capacity to provide “special deals” for favored private firms. We argue that China’s extraordinary economic growth comes from these special deals. Local political leaders do so because they derive personal benefits, either political or monetary, from providing special deals. Competition between local governments limits the predatory effects of special deals.
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  • Chong-en Bai & Chang-Tai Hsieh & Zheng Song, 2019. "Special Deals with Chinese Characteristics," NBER Chapters, in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2019, volume 34, pages 341-379, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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