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Intra-National Protectionism in China: Evidence from the Public Disclosure of "Illegal" Drug Advertising

08 May 2013 (14:30-16:00)

The School of Economics and The Nottingham Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) China are pleased to invite you to this research seminar given by our internal researcher Dr. Zheng Wang from the School of Economics, UNNC.

About the talk

This paper provides micro-level evidence that drug advertising regulations and inspections in China are used by local governments to discriminate against firms from outside the province. Furthermore, the degree of discrimination varies across firms in that drug manufacturers which have closer ties with rival provinces are more likely to be targeted. These findings demonstrate that giving provincial governments strong incentives to compete with each other may exacerbate the market distortions inherent in a partially reformed economy such as China.


Dr. Zheng Wang is currently an Assistant Professor in Economics in the School of Economics, UNNC, and an internal fellow of GEP China. He earned his PhD from the University of Nottingham (UK), and a Doctorate and BA in economics from Zhejiang University. His current research is mainly in the fields of International Trade and Development Economics. His research has been recently published in Journal of Comparative Economics and featured in Financial Times.