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Institute for Economies in Transition, Bank of Finland BOFIT Discussion Papers, Institute for Economies in Transition, Bank of Finland

No 9/2012:
Government intervention and institutional trading strategy: Evidence from a transition country

Yi Yao (), Rong Yang, Zhiyuan Liu and Iftekhar Hasan

Abstract: This study investigates the effectiveness of government intervention in rescuing bearish markets in a transition economy. Focusing on a pre- and a post-intervention period, the findings reveal that government intervention successfully rescued bearish markets in China and led to a fundamental change in institutional trading strategy after the intervention. We observe that following an intervention, institutions are more sensitive to long-term stock market regulations, whereas individual investors are more concerned about the rules related to their short-term interests. Evidence suggests that a credible signal from the government can be helpful in creating a positive outcome in the market (Bhanot and Kadapakkam, 2006). The findings are important to the current debate regarding the role of government intervention in markets in other transitional economies, as well as in developed countries.

Keywords: government intervention; institutional trading strategy; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: G15; G18; G32; (follow links to similar papers)

50 pages, May 2, 2012

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