Shadow Banking in a Crisis: Evidence from Fintech During COVID-19
Zhengyang Bao, Difang Huang, Jul 14, 2021
We evaluate the performance of Chinese fintech and bank credit providers during COVID-19. Comparing samples of fintech and bank loan records across the pandemic outbreak, we find that fintech companies are more likely to expand credit access to new and financially constrained borrowers after the start of the pandemic. However, the delinquency rate of fintech loans triples after the outbreak, but there is no significant...
The Data Privacy Paradox of Alipay Users
Long Chen, Yadong Huang, Shumiao Ouyang, Wei Xiong, Jul 07, 2021
We find that there is no relationship between the self-stated privacy concerns of a sample of Alipay users and their number of data-sharing authorizations with third-party mini-programs on Alipay. We explain this data privacy paradox by a curious finding that users with stronger privacy concerns tend to benefit more from using mini-programs, which further suggests that consumers may develop data privacy concerns as a by-product of the process of using digital applications, not because such concerns are innate.
China’s War on Pollution: A Review of Evidence from the First Five Years
Michael Greenstone, Guojun He, Shanjun Li, Eric Zou, Jun 30, 2021
The decade from 2010 to 2019 marked a significant turning point in China’s approach to environmental regulation and pollution. This review article examines recent trends in air and water quality, with a focus on the five years following the Chinese government’s announcement of its “war on pollution” in 2014. It also summarizes the emerging literature that has taken advantage of recent improvements in data availability and accuracy to understand the social, economic, and health impacts of environmental pollution in China.
VoxChina Covid-19 Forum (Second Edition): China’s Post-Lockdown Economic Recovery
VoxChina, Apr 18, 2020
The lockdowns induced by Covid-19 have led to unprecedented challenges to economies across the globe. The second edition of the VoxChina Covid-19 Forum focuses on China’s post-lockdown economic recovery, with three presentations that are based on data analysis of small businesses, consumption, e-commerce, and beyond, each for 15 minutes. There will be 30 minutes of Q&As.