Special Deals with Chinese Characteristics

49 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019

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Chong-En Bai

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management

Chang-Tai Hsieh

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Zheng (Michael) Song

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK)

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Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

Chinese local governments wield their enormous political power and administrative capacity to provide “special deals” for favored private firms. We argue that China’s extraordinary economic growth comes from these special deals. Local political leaders do so because they derive personal benefits, either political or monetary, from providing special deals. Competition between local governments limits the predatory effects of special deals.

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Suggested Citation

Bai, Chong-En and Hsieh, Chang-Tai and Song, Zheng (Michael), Special Deals with Chinese Characteristics (May 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w25839. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3390987

Chong-En Bai (Contact Author)

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Chang-Tai Hsieh

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Zheng (Michael) Song

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