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Title: The 1997-1998 break in industrial statistics : facts and appraisal
Authors: Holz, Carsten A.
Lin, Yi-Min
Keywords: Chinese statistics
Industrial statistics
Enterprise classification
Issue Date: Sep-2001
Citation: China economic review, v. 12, no. 4, 2001, p. 303-316
Abstract: In 1998 the National Bureau of Statistics in the published industrial statistics modified the scope of enterprises covered and the enterprise classification system. This paper highlights the modifications and identifies two implications. First, the use of a proportional allocation rule in data aggregation boosts the size of “public ownership,” an important cornerstone of socialism. Second, the switch from compiling detailed statistics on enterprises identified by an administrative criterion to enterprises that exceed a fixed volume of sales revenue poses new difficulties for comparative data analysis, but also represents a change in statistical practice that may yet lead to data of better quality.
Rights: China Economic Review © copyright 2002 Elsevier. The Journal's web site is located at
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