"Does China’s Anti-Monopoly Law Enforcement have an Anti-Foreign Bias?"Presenters: Jack Zhang & Jessica Fan, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego
Abstract: Since China’s anti-monopoly law (AML) came into effect in 2008, foreign companies have alleged that they are being disproportionately targeted by enforcement authorities. Yet Chinese regulators have denied anti-foreign bias and insist that all are equal before the law. This paper represents first effort to systematically study AML enforcement patterns using a new dataset of AML cases. It draws a distinction between instrumental (whether the timing of investigations and nationality of firms correspond to diplomatic disputes) and structural (whether investigations correspond to strategic emerging industries and concentration of state-owned enterprises) anti-foreign bias in AML enforcement. In doing so, the paper attempts to inject evidence into a debate over how Washington or Beijing should respond to growing dissatisfaction among many foreign businesses in China.
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