Managing China's Stock Markets: The Economics of the National Team

66 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2020 Last revised: 6 Apr 2022

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Tri Vi Dang

Columbia University - Department of Economics

Wei Li

School of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management, East China Normal University

Yongqin Wang

School of Economics, Fudan University

Date Written: April 5, 2022

Abstract

We exploit China's great stock market crash in 2015 to study the effects of government stock purchases. The Chinese government purchased stocks to stabilize the market through state-owned financial institutions collectively called the "National Team". We find that the intervention led to reduced trading volume, volatility, and price informativeness. These impacts mainly come from the disclosure of the government portfolio. These results are consistent with limited attention myopic investors acquiring government intervention information instead of fundamental news, leading to homogenized beliefs and reduced information production. The paper suggests some fundamental trade-offs facing government purchase of stocks in a second-best world.

Keywords: Direct government intervention, financial crises, financial markets

JEL Classification: G12; G14; G18

Suggested Citation

Dang, Tri Vi and Li, Wei and Wang, Yongqin, Managing China's Stock Markets: The Economics of the National Team (April 5, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3546411 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3546411

Tri Vi Dang

Columbia University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Wei Li

School of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management, East China Normal University ( email )

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China

Yongqin Wang (Contact Author)

School of Economics, Fudan University ( email )

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