Ownership and the Value of Political Connections: Evidence from China

35 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2012

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Wenfeng Wu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Antai College of Economics & Management

Chongfeng Wu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - Aetna School of Management

Oliver M. Rui

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Date Written: September 2012

Abstract

Research has found that political connectedness can have both positive and negative effects on firm value. To resolve these mixed findings, we investigate the impact of political ties conditional on ownership for a sample of Chinese firms over the period 1999–2006. We find that private firms with politically connected managers have a higher value and obtain more government subsidies than those without connected managers, whereas local state‐owned enterprises with connected managers have a lower value and employ more surplus labour than those without connected managers. Our results indicate that the effect of political ties is subject to firm ownership.

Keywords: political connection, ownership, firm value, corporate governance, China

JEL Classification: G32, G34, G38

Suggested Citation

Wu, Wenfeng and Wu, Chongfeng and Rui, Oliver M., Ownership and the Value of Political Connections: Evidence from China (September 2012). European Financial Management, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 695-729, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2134710 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-036X.2010.00547.x

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Chongfeng Wu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - Aetna School of Management ( email )

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