Location of trade, ownership restrictions, and market illiquidity: Examining Chinese A- and H-shares

Steven Shuye Wang, Li Jiang

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We examine Chinese companies that issue both A-shares in mainland China and H-shares in Hong Kong. A-shares are restricted to mainland Chinese investors, while H-shares are available to Hong Kong and international investors. We find that H-shares exhibit significant exposure to Hong Kong market factors and behave more like Hong Kong stocks than mainland Chinese stocks. However, H-shares retain significant exposure to their domestic market and therefore provide foreign investors with diversification opportunities. We find a large time-varying H-share price discount relative to A-shares, and this discount is highly correlated with domestic and foreign market factors and relative market illiquidity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1273-1297
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004


  • Cross-listing
  • Illiquidity
  • Market sentiment
  • Ownership restriction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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