The Financing of Local Government in China: Stimulus Loan Wanes and Shadow Banking Waxes
78 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2017 Last revised: 27 Aug 2019
Date Written: August 26, 2019
The upsurge of shadow banking is typically driven by rising financing demand from certain real sectors. In China, the four-trillion-yuan stimulus package in 2009 was behind the rapid growth of shadow banking after 2012, expediting the development of Chinese corporate bond markets in the post-stimulus period. Chinese local governments financed the stimulus through bank loans in 2009, and then resorted to non-bank debt financing after 2012 when faced with rollover pressure from bank debt coming due. Cross-sectionally, provinces with greater bank loan growth in 2009 experienced more municipal corporate bond issuance during 2012–2015, together with more shadow banking activities including Trust loans and wealth management products. China's post-stimulus experience exhibits similarities to financial market development during the U.S. National Banking Era.
Keywords: Local Government Financing Vehicles, Municipal Corporate Bonds, Shadow Banking in China, Railroad Finance, Trust Companies
JEL Classification: E61, G21, H72, O17
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