Dissecting the Long-Term Performance of the Chinese Stock Market

59 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2016 Last revised: 12 Mar 2018

Franklin Allen

Imperial College London

Jun Qian

Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University; University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Financial Institutions Center

Chenyu Shan

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Julie Zhu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF)

Date Written: March 8, 2018

Abstract

The Chinese economy, the largest in the world in PPP terms, has been the fastest growing for the past thirty-five years, and the size of the Chinese stock market is the second largest in the world. During the period 2000-2014, China’s domestic listed firms underperform listed firms from developed and emerging countries. Chinese externally listed firms, especially those listed in Hong Kong, and matched unlisted firms perform much better. We examine institutional features of the Chinese markets as the explanation for these differences. Problematic IPO and delisting processes exacerbate the adverse selection of firms in the market. With much higher levels of investment compared to listed firms from the US, Japan, India and Brazil, Chinese firms generate lower net cash flows, implying low investment efficiency. Lower cash flows are also associated with more related-party transactions. Both of these observations indicate deficiencies in corporate governance.

Keywords: Stock market, return, IPO, investment, cash flow, related party transaction

Suggested Citation

Allen, Franklin and Qian, Jun and Shan, Chenyu and Zhu, Julie, Dissecting the Long-Term Performance of the Chinese Stock Market (March 8, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2880021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2880021

Franklin Allen

Imperial College London ( email )

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United Kingdom

Jun Qian

Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University ( email )

Shanghai
China
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University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Financial Institutions Center

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Chenyu Shan (Contact Author)

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics ( email )

100 Wudong Road
Shanghai
China

Julie Zhu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) ( email )

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
211 West Huaihai Road
Shanghai, 200030
China

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