China’s regional and bilateral trade agreements

John Whalley, Chunding Li, 5 March 2014



China’s efforts at international trade diplomacy did not stop with its 2001 WTO accession. China is increasingly active in her pursuit of regional trade agreements (RTAs).

Topics: International trade
Tags: China, RTAs

China’s one-child policy and saving puzzle

Taha Choukhmane, Nicolas Coeurdacier , Keyu Jin, 22 January 2014



The Chinese household saving rate is high and has been rising sharply. Between 1983 and 2011, the average urban household saving rate rose by about 20 percentage points – from 10.4% to a staggeringly high level of 30.5%. This stands in sharp contrast with the low household savings rate in developed countries (about 5% in OECD economies).

Topics: Education, Gender, Microeconomic regulation
Tags: China, demographics, fertility, one-child policy, savings

China's growth, stability, and use of international reserves

Joshua Aizenman, Yothin Jinjarak, Nancy P. Marion, 5 January 2014



Pre-crisis imbalances

Topics: Global crisis
Tags: China, global crisis, global imbalances, US

Has China’s new labour contract law worked?

Richard B. Freeman, Xiaoying Li, 22 December 2013



In 2007 China enacted a new Labour Contract Law (LCL) – the first major labour reform in over a decade. The law sought to pressure firms to give workers written contracts that would help workers enforce their legal rights at the workplace.

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: China, labour contracts

Growing like China: understanding the puzzle of China's economic transition

Fabrizio Zilibotti interviewed by Viv Davies, 23 Dec 2013

Fabrizio Zilibotti talks to Viv Davies about his award-winning paper ‘Growing Like China’ (co-authored with Zheng Song, Kjetil Storesletten and Yikai Wang) that addresses the puzzle of the combination of high growth and high return to capital in China with a growing foreign surplus. They also discuss pensions and demographic transition in China, factors that are driving the country’s growth and the country’s future role in the global economy. The interview was recorded on 17 September 2013.


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Topics: Poverty and income inequality, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: China, Inequality, productivity

Housing, spatial price differences, and inequality in China

John Gibson, Chao Li, 27 November 2013



How do others measure inequality in China?

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: China, costs of living, Inequality, spatial price differences

Does policy uncertainty reduce economic activity? Insights and evidence from large trade reforms

Kyle Handley, Nuno Limão, 23 November 2013



The impact of policy uncertainty on economic activity is an issue traditionally associated with developing countries. Since 2008, however, the spotlight has shifted. Governments’ responses to the Great Recession and the Eurozone crisis have raised considerable uncertainty about the future policies of advanced economies.

Topics: International trade
Tags: China, Eurozone crisis, Great Recession, trade, uncertainty, US, WTO

The dragon awakes: Is Chinese competition policy a cause for concern?

Mario Mariniello, 9 November 2013



Foreign businesses are increasingly realising that China has antitrust laws, and is not shy about using them. The Glencore/Xstrata merger in the spring was cleared only with conditions imposed by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. In August, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission imposed a record €82 million fine on milk powder producers for a price-fixing conspiracy.

Topics: Competition policy
Tags: antitrust, China, Competition policy, international trade, protectionism

Quid pro quo: Technology capital transfers for market access in China

Thomas Holmes, Ellen McGrattan, Edward C. Prescott, 8 November 2013



Over the past two decades China’s economy has grown rapidly and the nation has become a major destination for foreign direct investment. Surprisingly, little of China's FDI inflows come from technologically advanced, dominant players in global investment such as the US, Europe, and Japan (Prasad and Wei 2007, Branstetter and Foley 2010).

Topics: Global economy, International trade
Tags: China, FDI, intellectual property rights, patents

The BRICs party is over

Anders Åslund, 4 September 2013



After a decade of infatuation, investors have suddenly turned their backs on emerging markets. In the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – growth rates have quickly fallen and current-account balances have deteriorated.1 The surprise is not that the romance is over but that it could have lasted for so long.

Topics: Development, International trade
Tags: Brazil, BRIC, BRICs, China, commodities, India, protectionism, Russia

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