Shocks and stocks: A bottom-up assessment of the relationship between oil prices, gasoline prices and the returns of Chinese firms

David Clive Broadstock, Ying Fan, Qiang Ji, Dayong Zhang

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Oil price shocks are known to affect the financial sector of the economy, due to the inflationary effects, and increasing costs of doing business they create. Though oil-shocks and financial markets are widely researched, there remains scope for deeper understanding using firm level data. We therefore contribute to the literature by extending widely applied multi-factor asset pricing models to a sample of 963 Chinese firms (between 2005-2013) to (i) systematically evaluate their reactions to oil price shocks, and (ii) further include regulated gasoline prices as a more direct measure of the energy-prices faced by firms. 89.2% of firms are susceptible to oil shocks, with positive and negative reactions observed even for firms within the same industry. Gasoline price shocks are more pervasive, affecting 95.7% of firms. Considering oil and gasoline separately allows us to review gasoline price regulation in China, which ultimately appears ineffective in achieving its intended goals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-86
Number of pages32
JournalEnergy Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Financial markets
  • Firm-level
  • Gasoline price shocks
  • Oil price shocks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Energy(all)

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