Contents
List of figuresx
List of tablesxi
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgementsxiv
List of abbreviationsxv
1Introduction1
What is corporate governance?1
Research objectives3
The data and methodology5
The structure of the book8
Concluding remarks9
2Theoretical approaches to corporate governance10
Introduction10
The historical perspective11
Agency theory15
The theory of incomplete contracts17
Property rights theory19
Transactions cost economics as an alternative approach20
The theories compared21
Stylised models of corporate governance22
Current studies on corporate governance in China25
Concluding remarks28
Appendix30
3The evolution of corporate governance in China31
Introduction31
Financial reform and the establishment of capital markets32

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures x
  • Tables xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • Abbreviations xv
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Theoretical Approaches to Corporate Governance 10
  • 3 - The Evolution of Corporate Governance in China 31
  • 4 - The Effect of Ownership Structure on the Underpricing of Initial Public Offerings 62
  • 5 - Ownership Structure as a Corporate Governance Mechanism 88
  • 6 - The Determinants of Capital Structure 105
  • 7 - Chinese Corporate Groups 123
  • 8 - General Conclusions and Future Work 146
  • Notes 153
  • References 157
  • Index 170
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