A Review and Reflection on the Use and Abuse of Chinese Industrial Enterprises Database

World Economy (in Chinese), 2012, No. 5, pp. 142-158

17 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2013

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Huihua Nie

Renmin University of China - School of Economics

Ting Jiang

Renmin University of China - School of Economics

Rudai Yang

Xiangtan University

Date Written: September 10, 2013

Abstract

Empirical research has called for intensive use of disaggregated data. One of the most heavily used data set in studying the corporate behavior and performance in China is Chinese Industrial Enterprises Database. As we will show, this data set suffers from data matching problems as well as measurement errors, unrealistic outliers and definition ambiguities etc., all of which practically lead to research results thereupon that are at best questionable. In this article, we briefly summarize the data set, selectively review its uses in previous studies, address some critical issues regarding its usage, and propose some remedies and recommendations.

Keywords: Firm-level data, Industrial enterprises, Microeconometrics, Manufacturing sector, Productivity

JEL Classification: C33, D24, L22, L60

Suggested Citation

Nie, Huihua and Jiang, Ting and Yang, Rudai, A Review and Reflection on the Use and Abuse of Chinese Industrial Enterprises Database (September 10, 2013). World Economy (in Chinese), 2012, No. 5, pp. 142-158, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2323998

Huihua Nie (Contact Author)

Renmin University of China - School of Economics ( email )

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China

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Ting Jiang

Renmin University of China - School of Economics ( email )

No. 59, Zhongguancun Street
Beijing, Beijing 100080
China

Rudai Yang

Xiangtan University ( email )

International Exchange Center
Hunan, Hunan 411105
China

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