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Jinyu Liu

University of International Business and Economics
Beijing
China

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Institutional Affiliation: University of International Business and Economics

NBER Working Papers and Publications

November 2019Pledgeability and Asset Prices: Evidence from the Chinese Corporate Bond Markets
with Hui Chen, Zhuo Chen, Zhiguo He, Rengming Xie: w26520
We provide causal evidence for the value of asset pledgeability. Our empirical strategy is based on a unique feature of the Chinese corporate bond markets, where bonds with identical fundamentals are simultaneously traded on two segmented markets that feature different rules for repo transactions. We utilize a policy shock on December 8, 2014, which rendered a class of AA+ and AA bonds ineligible for repo on one of the two markets. By comparing how bond prices changed across markets and rating classes around this event, we estimate that an increase in the haircut from 0 to 100% would result in an increase in bond yields in the range of 40 to 83 bps. These estimates help us infer the magnitude of the shadow cost of capital in China.

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