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Title: Focusing on the Chinese health industry: an empirical enquiry on the TCM listed firms. Is large and private beautiful?

Authors: Marco R. Di Tommaso; Stefano Bonnini; Yue Qi

Addresses: Department of Economics and Management, University of Ferrara, Via Voltapaletto, 11, 44121 Ferrara, Italy ' Department of Economics and Management, University of Ferrara, Via Voltapaletto, 11, 44121 Ferrara, Italy ' School of Economics and Management, South China Normal University, 55 Zhongshan W Ave, Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Abstract: TCM is a key part of the Chinese healthcare system and TCM industries might play a growing role in the domestic and international markets. This work focuses on TCM listed companies in China. In particular, we study the effect of ownership and size on corporate performance. Multivariate permutation tests on the effects of ownership and size on corporate performance show that among the TCM listed companies, private companies perform better than state-owned ones, while big companies perform better than small ones. Moreover, the study shows that in TCM industry ownership has stronger effects than size on corporate performance.

Keywords: traditional Chinese medicine; TCM; health; industry; China; state owned enterprises; company ownership; company size; company performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2017.087597

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2017 Vol.16 No.1/2, pp.77 - 94

Received: 29 Feb 2016
Accepted: 27 Feb 2017

Published online: 17 Oct 2017 *

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