Measuring Chinese Productivity Growth, 1952-2005

286 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2006

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Carsten A. Holz

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Division of Social Science

Date Written: July 22, 2006


This paper has two objectives. (i) Assess the availability and the quality of the data series necessary to construct productivity measures for the Chinese economy. (ii) Produce a set of productivity statistics that can be integrated into the existing set of OECD productivity indicators and that can be updated later on. The paper in three sections examines the availability and quality of output, labor, and capital data. A further section discusses and calculates a range of productivity measures. The final section offers some thoughts on the future calculation of productivity measures for China.

Keywords: Labor productivity, unit labor costs, total factor productivity, GDP, value added, capital, labor, hours worked, economic census, data quality, effective investment, industry classification

JEL Classification: E01, O4, O5, E22, J30, C82, P24

Suggested Citation

Holz, Carsten A., Measuring Chinese Productivity Growth, 1952-2005 (July 22, 2006). Available at SSRN: or

Carsten A. Holz (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Division of Social Science ( email )

Division of Social Science
Clear Water Bay
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

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