The Impact of Local Governance Institutions on Foreign Market Listings: The Case of Chinese Firms
Posted: 20 Aug 2014
Date Written: February 14, 2014
This paper exploits the substantial variation in market institutions across provinces in China to examine the impact of institutional quality on foreign listing. Firms that are listed on the U.S. and U.K. exchanges are more likely to come from better regulated provinces and tend to be at the top of a corporate pyramid. However, though the impact on firm performance of market institutions and pyramidal affiliations persists briefly post-listing with firms recording lower EPS and higher raw returns in the first year, it does not help predict whether firms remain listed abroad in 2012. Thus, we conclude that headquarters' market institutions shape a firm through time of listing and have diminished influence over time.
Keywords: China, IPO, foreign listing, institutions, pyramid
JEL Classification: G32, G15
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