The Moderating Effect of an Anti-corruption Campaign on the Relation between Political Connections and Investment Behavior - The Case of Chinese Listed Firms

Nur Imamah, Tsui-Jung Lin, S. Suhadak, Jung-Hua Hung
2020 Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal  
This paper examines the effect of the anti-corruption campaign on the investment behavior of Chinese politically connected firms between 2007and 2016. The results indicate that the campaign impacts on the investment expenditures and investment efficiency of Chinese listed firms. Compared with the precampaign period, all types of politically connected firms experience an obvious reduction in investment expenditures and SOEs controlled by local governments and Non-SOEs face enhanced investment
more » ... anced investment efficiency after the campaign. Further analysis shows that it is mainly due to the mitigation of underinvestment for SOEs controlled by local governments and the alleviation of both over-investment and underinvestment for Non-SOEs. Abstract This paper examines the effect of the anti-corruption campaign on the investment behavior of Chinese politically connected firms between 2007and 2016. The results indicate that the campaign impacts on the investment expenditures and investment efficiency of Chinese listed firms. Compared with the precampaign period, all types of politically connected firms experience an obvious reduction in investment expenditures and SOEs controlled by local governments and Non-SOEs face enhanced investment efficiency after the campaign. Further analysis shows that it is mainly due to the mitigation of underinvestment for SOEs controlled by local governments and the alleviation of both over-investment and underinvestment for Non-SOEs. 5 JEL classification: G18
doi:10.14453/aabfj.v14i1.3 fatcat:ajf7tttwgbbbdlxlbkzcu3tjgi