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Factors influencing the growth of foreign banks' branches in China

Lu, Qing; Dewhurst, John


John Dewhurst


Because of the excess demand for branch licences and the Chinese government’s policy to effectively ration banking licences, this paper suggests explaining the allocation of branch licences by the objectives of the Chinese government rather than by the objectives of foreign banks. Consequently, it examines what factors determined the supply of branch licences to foreign banks in China at a micro level. This is in contrast with the existing literature that focuses almost exclusively on the demand for branch licences by foreign banks. To consider the supply of branch licences, we construct detailed data about each
foreign bank’s organisations in China.


Lu, Q., & Dewhurst, J. (2007). Factors influencing the growth of foreign banks' branches in China. Journal of Contemporary China, 16(52), 517-534.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 13, 2007
Publication Date 2007-08
Deposit Date May 13, 2019
Journal Journal of Contemporary China
Print ISSN 1067-0564
Electronic ISSN 1469-9400
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 52
Pages 517-534
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