The Impacts of Political Uncertainty on Asset Prices: Evidence from the Bo Scandal in China

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Laura Xiaolei Liu

Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

Haibing Shu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - Antai College of Economics and Management

K.C. John Wei

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Date Written: September 20, 2016

Abstract

Models of political risk predict that increases in political uncertainty cause stock prices to fall, especially for politically sensitive firms. We use the event of the Bo Xilai political scandal in 2012 in China as an exogenous shock to identify the impact of political uncertainty on asset prices. We document that the Bo scandal caused a significant drop in stock prices, especially for firms that are more politically sensitive. Further analysis shows that the stock price drop is mainly driven by a change in discount rate, providing strong support for the existence of priced political risk.

Keywords: political uncertainty risk; politically sensitive firms; stock returns; discount rate news; cash flow news

JEL Classification: G12; G14

Suggested Citation

Liu, Laura Xiaolei and Shu, Haibing and Wei, Kuo-Chiang (John), The Impacts of Political Uncertainty on Asset Prices: Evidence from the Bo Scandal in China (September 20, 2016). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2902559

Laura Xiaolei Liu

Guanghua School of Management, Peking University ( email )

Peking University
Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

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Haibing Shu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - Antai College of Economics and Management ( email )

No.1954 Huashan Road
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, Shanghai 200052
China

Kuo-Chiang (John) Wei (Contact Author)

Hong Kong Polytechnic University ( email )

11 Yuk Choi Rd
Hung Hom
Hong Kong

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