Does group affiliation improve firm performance? The case of Chinese State-owned firms

Huanjun Yu, H. van Ees, B.W. Lensink*

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Abstract

This paper analyses the performance of state-owned business groups in China. Group affiliation can be important for economic policy evaluation since the Chinese government promotes the formation of business groups as a first step in the process of reforming state enterprises into modern corporations. The analysis applies a range of econometric techniques to a sample of 657 Chinese state-owned firms in 2005 and shows that group affiliation has a robust positive effect on performance. Group affiliation may in this respect provide a successful alternative to large-scale privatisation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number917051793
Pages (from-to)1615-1632
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Volume45
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • BUSINESS GROUPS
  • EMERGING MARKETS
  • TRANSITION
  • GOVERNANCE
  • ECONOMY
  • GROWTH

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