Journal of Financial Services Research

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 159–186

Information Disclosure, Market Discipline and the Management of Bank Capital: Evidence from the Chinese Financial Sector


DOI: 10.1007/s10693-010-0091-6

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Wu, Y. & Bowe, M. J Financ Serv Res (2010) 38: 159. doi:10.1007/s10693-010-0091-6


Is there evidence that market forces effectively discipline risk management behaviour within Chinese financial institutions? This study analyses information from a comprehensive sample of Chinese banks over the 1998–2008 period. Market discipline is captured through the impact of four sets of factors namely, market concentration, interbank deposits, information disclosure, and ownership structure. We find some evidence of a market disciplining effect in that: (i) higher (lower) levels of market concentration lead banks to operate with a lower (higher) capital buffer; (ii) joint-equity banks that disclose more information to the public maintain larger capital ratios; (iii) full state ownership reduces the sensitivity of changes in a bank’s capital buffer to its level of risk;(iv) banks that release more transparent financial information hold more capital against their non-performing loans.


Market disciplineCapitalRisk managementChinese banking

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queen’s University Management SchoolQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.Manchester Business SchoolUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK