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Gold into Base Metals: Productivity Growth in the People's Republic of China during the Reform Period

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  • Alwyn Young
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    With minimal sleight of hand, it is possible to transform the recent growth experience of the People's Republic of China from the extraordinary into the mundane. Systematic understatement of inflation by enterprises accounts for 2.5% growth per annum in the non-agricultural economy during the reform period (1978-1998). The usual suspects, i.e. rising participation rates, improvements in educational attainment, and the transfer of labour out of agriculture, account for most of the remainder. The productivity performance of the non-agricultural economy during the reform period is respectable, but not outstanding. To the degree that the reforms have improved efficiency, these gains may lie principally in agriculture.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 7856.

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    Date of creation: Aug 2000
    Publication status: published as Young, Alwyn. "The Razor's Edge: Distortions And Incremental Reform In The People's Republic Of China," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2000, v115(4,Nov), 1091-1035.
    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:7856
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