Corporate governance and bank performance in China

Chunxia Jiang, Genfu Feng, Jianhua Zhang

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This paper examines the effects of corporate governance on bank performance in China over the period 1995-2008. Bank performance has improved significantly and the mean profit efficiency level is estimated at 61 per cent. The results suggest that differences in corporate governance have significant impacts on bank performance: banks with majority foreign ownership are most profitable while banks with majority state ownership are most unprofitable. We find no evidence that foreign minority ownership in domestic banks improves performance. Banks with more dispersed ownership are found to be more profit efficient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-146
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies
Issue number2
Early online date19 Apr 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • SFA
  • Chinese Banking
  • Corporate governance.


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