From one to many central plans: drug advertising inspections and intra-national protectionism in China

Eberhardt, Markus and Wang, Zheng and Yu, Zhihong (2015) From one to many central plans: drug advertising inspections and intra-national protectionism in China. Journal of Comparative Economics . ISSN 0147-5967 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper provides the first micro-level evidence for the existence and patterns of intra-national protectionism in China. We demonstrate that drug advertising inspections are used by provincial governments to discriminate against firms from outside the province. We further reveal systematic patterns in the degree of discrimination across firms: those from neighboring areas, those from regions with more economic links to the destination province, those from provinces with stronger presence in the market, and those with political ties to “allied” provincial governments are less likely to be targeted. Our findings highlight the unique politico-economic structure in China and confirm that giving local governments strong incentives to compete with each other may exacerbate the market distortions inherent in a partially reformed economy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Intra-national protectionism; Drug advertising; China
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2015.10.012
Depositing User: Eberhardt, Markus
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 10:35
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 07:33
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32143

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