Formal Finance and Trade Credit During China's Transition

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Robert Cull

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Lixin Colin Xu

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Tian Zhu

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Division of Social Science

Date Written: April 1, 2007

Abstract

Using a large panel dataset of Chinese industrial firms, the authors examine the determinants of access to loans from formal financial intermediaries and extension of trade credit. Poorly performing state-owned enterprises were more likely to redistribute credit to firms with less privileged access to loans through trade credit, a pattern consistent with some of the extension of trade credit being involuntary. By contrast, profitable private domestic firms were more likely to extend trade credit than unprofitable ones. Trade credit likely provided a substitute for loans for these private firms' customers that were shut out of formal credit markets. As biases in lending became less severe, the amount of trade credit extended by private firms declined.

Keywords: Investment and Investment Climate, Economic Theory & Research, Banks & Banking Reform, Financial Crisis Management & Restructuring, Financial Intermediation

Suggested Citation

Cull, Robert and Xu, Lixin Colin and Xu, Lixin Colin and Zhu, Tian, Formal Finance and Trade Credit During China's Transition (April 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4204, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=980822

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Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Division of Social Science ( email )

Division of Social Science
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Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

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