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Frontiers of Economics in China

Front. Econ. China    2016, Vol. 11 Issue (3) : 390-409     DOI: 10.3868/s060-005-016-0022-6
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Hollowing out of the Real Economy: Evidence from China’s Listed Firms
Xu Li1,Xiang Shao2,Zhigang Tao3()
1. Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
2. Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
3. Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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The paper studies an often-observed phenomenon of diversification of manufacturing firms into real estate development in East Asian economies. Utilizing a sudden change in China’s accounting standards that requires firms to disclose information about their real estate holdings for investment purpose (or investment property), we examine both the impact of such diversification on firms’ investment in their original business and the stock market response to such diversification. Our results confirm there exists underinvestment in original business (or hollowing out of the real economy) for firms diversifying into real estate, and that there is a lack of investor response to such diversification, in both short-run and long-run. Our study calls for further research on the role of real estate development in the long-run competitiveness of developing economies.

Keywords China investment property      hollowing out of real economy      stock market returns     
Issue Date: 23 September 2016
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Xu Li,Xiang Shao,Zhigang Tao. Hollowing out of the Real Economy: Evidence from China’s Listed Firms[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2016, 11(3): 390-409.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/fec/EN/10.3868/s060-005-016-0022-6
http://journal.hep.com.cn/fec/EN/Y2016/V11/I3/390
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