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Title: Deconstructing China's GDP statistics
Authors: Holz, Carsten A.
Keywords: Chinese statistics
National income accounting
System of National Accounts (SNA)
Issue Date: 28-Oct-2003
Citation: China economic review, v. 15, 2004, p. 164-202
Abstract: China’s National Bureau of Statistics has on repeated occasions explained in great detail how its GDP statistics are derived from underlying data. Based on these explanations, this article reconstructs Chinese official household consumption, which accounts for half of GDP. The findings are condemning. Not only do the various official explanations offered between 1997 and 2001 differ from each other, but none allows the researcher to accurately reconstruct household consumption. The relationship between the GDP component household consumption and the underlying data, furthermore, varies from year to year, which suggests that time series comparisons of Chinese GDP may be invalid.
Rights: China Economic Review © copyright 2004 Elsevier. The Journal's web site is located at
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