Corporate Governance in China: A Survey
Review of Finance, 2020
68 Pages Posted: 4 May 2020
Date Written: April 8, 2020
This paper surveys corporate governance in China, as described in a growing literature published in top journals. Unlike the classical vertical agency problems in Western countries, the dominant agency problem in China is the horizontal agency conflict between controlling and minority shareholders arising from concentrated ownership structure; thus one cannot automatically apply what is known about the U.S. to China. As these features are also prevalent in many other countries, insights from this survey can also be applied to countries far beyond China. We start by describing controlling shareholder and agency problems in China, and then discuss how law and institutions are particularly important for China, where controlling shareholders have great power. As state-owned enterprises have their own features, we separately discuss their corporate governance. We also briefly discuss corporate social responsibility in China. Finally, we provide an agenda for future research.
Keywords: Corporate Governance; Controlling Shareholder; Investor Protection; State-Owned Enterprise; Corporate Social Responsibility
JEL Classification: G30; G34; G38
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