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Mixing Business with Politics: Political Participation by Entrepreneurs in China

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  • Feng, Xunan

    (Shanghai University)

  • Johansson, Anders C.

    (Stockholm China Economic Research Institute)

  • Zhang, Tianyu

    (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Abstract

We study how Chinese private entrepreneurs benefit from participating in politics. Using original hand-collected data on listed firms controlled by private entrepreneurs, we document a significant positive relationship between political participation and change in firm performance. We also provide evidence that the change in social status cannot explain the change in performance. We then identify several ways through which firms gain preferential treatment when the controlling entrepreneur participates in politics: better access to debt financing, preferential tax treatment, more government subsidies, and superior access to regulated industries.

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  • Feng, Xunan & Johansson, Anders C. & Zhang, Tianyu, 2013. "Mixing Business with Politics: Political Participation by Entrepreneurs in China," Stockholm School of Economics Asia Working Paper Series 2013-28, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm China Economic Research Institute.
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    Keywords

    Political participation; Entrepreneurs; Corporate governance; Rent seeking; Debt financing; Tax burden; Government subsidies; Mergers and acquisitions; Regulated industries; China;
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    JEL classification:

    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • P26 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Political Economy

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