​CCER讨论稿:​Firm Quasi-Dynamics in the Chinese Manufacturing Industries

发布日期:2020-01-06 12:38    来源:

E2020001                                                                      2020-01-03
Lixing Li a     Qihong Liu b Changyu Ren [1]

National School of Development, Peking University

b Department of Economics, University of Oklahoma



We explore the firm quasi-dynamics (entry/exit and growth) in the Chinese manufacturing industries and investigate how these dynamics vary across regions. Our results show that relative to provinces with less developed economies, in provinces with more developed economies: (1) There are higher shares of new firms; (2) New firms are smaller and more labor-intensive; (3) Firms exit at a quicker rate and surviving firms grow faster. These results point toward cross-region differences in market efficiency in terms of how much it costs a firm to enter or exit the market. Our findings shed light on how firms should adapt their strategies across regions and how the government should create sound policies on industrial upgrading and relocation.

Keywords: firm dynamics, entry and exit, industrial shift, market thickness, labor cost

JEL ClassificationD24, L25, O14



[1] The authors are listed in alphabetical order with equal contribution. We thank participants at the 2017 Chinese Economists Society Conference in Nanjing, China for helpful comments and suggestions. Li acknowledges financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (#71773004). Liu thanks the visiting scholars program of the China Center for Economic Research, National School of Development, Peking University.