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Is the Chinese banking system benefiting from foreign investors?

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  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero
  • Daniel Santabarbara

Abstract

We find empirical evidence that the Chinese banking system has benefited from the entry of foreign investors through higher profitability and increased efficiency of the banking system. Foreign partcipation, which consists of a minority stake in a Chinese bank (in contrast to the typical pattern in emerging countries), appears to be most effective when the foreign bank acts as a strategic investor. Purely financial investors contribute little, if anything, to bank performance.

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  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero & Daniel Santabarbara, 2008. "Is the Chinese banking system benefiting from foreign investors?," Working Papers 0804, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:bbv:wpaper:0804
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    1. Wu, Meng-Wen & Shen, Chung-Hua & Lu, Chin-Hwa, 2015. "Do more foreign strategic investors and more directors improve the earnings smoothing? The case of China," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 3-16.
    2. Pessarossi, Pierre & Godlewski, Christophe J. & Weill, Laurent, 2010. "Foreign bank lending and information asymmetries in China," BOFIT Discussion Papers 20/2010, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.

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    Keywords

    China; banking system; foreign participation;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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