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Red Capitalists: Political Connections and the Growth and Survival of Start-up Companies in China

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  • Jun Du
  • Sourafel Girma

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This paper analyses the role of political connections in the post-entry performance of private start-up companies in China. It documents robust evidence that political affiliation enhances firms’ survival and growth prospects, even if politically neutral start-ups enjoy faster productivity improvements. In addition, the benefits of political connections are largely confined to firms associated with local or top level governments, and they are more pronounced in capital-intensive industries.

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  • Jun Du & Sourafel Girma, "undated". "Red Capitalists: Political Connections and the Growth and Survival of Start-up Companies in China," Discussion Papers 07/40, University of Nottingham, GEP.
  • Handle: RePEc:not:notgep:07/40
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    1. Maggie Xiaoyang Chen, 2013. "The Matching Of Heterogeneous Firms And Politicians," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 51(2), pages 1502-1522, April.
    2. Du, Jun & Girma, Sourafel, 2009. "Source of Finance, Growth and Firm Size ? Evidence from China," WIDER Working Paper Series 003, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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    China; political connections; growth; survival;

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