Political affiliation, cash flow volatility, and debt maturity in China

Mustafa Caglayan, Simona Mateut, Piercarlo Zanchettin

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Using a large dataset with over half a million observations for 161 thousand Chinese firms, we examine the role of political affiliation on the debt maturity of firms experiencing varying levels of financial volatility. Our findings indicate that politically affiliated firms have reduced capacity to adjust their debt maturity when firm-specific risk rises. Furthermore, we demonstrate that this effect is stronger for firms affiliated with local levels of government relative to central levels. We argue that political affiliation can play a disciplining role in environments where credit is controlled by the state and politicians’ careers depend on local economic performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101299
JournalThe British Accounting Review
Early online date23 Dec 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Dec 2023


  • Cash flow volatility
  • Debt maturity
  • Panel fractional response regression
  • Political affiliation
  • Political connections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting


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