Default and Bankruptcy Resolution in China

Edith Hotchkiss, Kose John, Bo Li, Jacopo Ponticelli, Wei Wang

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In this article, we review the literature on the recent growth of corporate debt in China and present stylized facts on the evolution of debt composition, nonperforming loans, defaults, and bankruptcy filings. We then describe the legal and political institutions that characterize the system for restructuring and liquidating financially distressed firms, including recent reforms of China's bankruptcy law. Finally, we discuss the main challenges faced by China in the implementation of these reforms, including frictions in judicial enforcement. We also propose potential avenues for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-385
Number of pages17
JournalAnnual Review of Financial Economics
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023


  • Bankruptcy law
  • bond markets
  • default
  • nonperforming loans
  • restructuring
  • shadow banks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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