“Chinese Data” by Carsten HOLZ
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Research on China's economy makes frequent use of official Chinese statistics. Yet the data used are often poorly understood, or of poor quality to begin with. This paper traces the challenges of economic reforms for the development of the statistical system in China, establishes a typology of data problems in official Chinese statistics today, and examines how these data problems are being addressed. The underlying theme is to get a grasp of the quality of official Chinese data.