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The influence of qualified foreign institutional investors on internal control quality: Evidence from China

Zhe Li Orcid Logo, Bo Wang, Tianlong Wu, Dan Zhou

International Review of Financial Analysis, Volume: 78, Start page: 101916

Swansea University Author: Zhe Li Orcid Logo

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 25th April 2023

Abstract

This study aims to investigate whether qualified foreign institutional investors (QFIIs) improve companies’ internal control quality to mitigate information asymmetry. By analysing a sample of 22,310 firm-year observations from Chinese listed companies between 2005 and 2017, we found that companies...

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Published in: International Review of Financial Analysis
ISSN: 1057-5219 1057-5219
Published: Elsevier BV 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa58458
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Abstract: This study aims to investigate whether qualified foreign institutional investors (QFIIs) improve companies’ internal control quality to mitigate information asymmetry. By analysing a sample of 22,310 firm-year observations from Chinese listed companies between 2005 and 2017, we found that companies with QFIIs exhibit higher internal control quality and fewer internal control deficiencies. In particular, higher QFII ownership is associated with higher quality of internal control. Interestingly, QFIIs from high-governance-quality countries are more likely to improve the internal control system of their investee companies. Finally, the improvement in internal control quality attributed to QFIIs leads to better operating performance. Our results are robust to alternative measures of QFIIs, alternative proxies for internal control quality, and various controls for endogeneity issues.
Keywords: Qualified foreign institutional investors; internal control quality; Chinese equity markets; information asymmetry
College: School of Management
Start Page: 101916