We thank an anonymous referee, Bill Christie (Editor), Warren Bailey, Brad Barber, Zhi Da, Liyan Yang, Jason Wei, and seminar participants at HKUST, Seoul National University, York University, the FMA Annual Meeting (New York City), the China International Conference in Finance (Beijing), and the FMA Asian Conference (Singapore) for helpful comments. We thank Sharlene He and Hank Yang for their excellent research assistance. Wei Wang thanks the Queen's School of Business for financial support. All errors are our own.
What's in a “China” Name? A Test of Investor Attention Hypothesis
Article first published online: 24 APR 2012
© 2012 Financial Management Association International.
Volume 41, Issue 2, pages 429–455, Summer 2012
How to Cite
Bae, K.-H. and Wang, W. (2012), What's in a “China” Name? A Test of Investor Attention Hypothesis. Financial Management, 41: 429–455. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-053X.2012.01197.x
- Issue published online: 6 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 24 APR 2012
We study whether a firm's name affects investor attention and firm valuation. Some Chinese firms listed on US stock exchanges have the word “China” included in their company names (“China-name stocks”), while others do not (“non-China-name stocks”). During the 2007 China stock market boom, we find that China-name stocks significantly outperform non-China-name stocks. This is not due to differences in firm characteristics, risk, or liquidity. The “China-name effect” is largely consistent with the investor attention hypothesis that price pressure caused by increased investor attention on China-name stocks during the boom period drives up China-name stocks more than non-China-name stocks.