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Myth-Busting China's Numbers

Understanding and Using China's Statistics

Authors: Crabbe, M.

  • This is the first book to explore this topic and provide actionable and expert guidance for business professionals, topic is growing in importance as China's influence on the global market grows
  • This will be one of the first books in a series of compact and accessible titles for high-level professionals
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A good understanding of Chinese data gathering methods and reporting structures is invaluable to anyone with business or investment plans in China. This book tackles the veracity of Chinese statistics, raising awareness of abuses and problems in real-life examples that have occurred, and provides practical strategies to reduce risk in the future.

About the authors

Matthew Crabbe studied Chinese language, society and history at the University of Leeds and has since turned an academic interest in China into a career. As co-founder of research company Access Asia, Matthew has worked exhaustively on trying to make sense of the myriad contradictions in statistics on the consumer markets in China. He has conducted detailed analysis on China's retail sales for many years, working to highlight how China's official retail figures do not reflect the real size of the country's domestic consumer economy. He is the co-author of two books and has written hundreds of reports on China's consumer markets over two decades.

Reviews

'A practical, useful book that should be required reading for all international executives, analysts and strategists whose business in some way relies on understanding what is going on in the world's most populous country' - Financial Times

"In the face of complexity, Crabbe keeps it simple. 'Just when you think you understand what is going on in China,' he writes, 'you learn that everything has changed and you have to start learning all over again.' Crabbe's deeply informed book is an excellent place to begin."- TimeOut Shanghai, China's Best Books 2014

"If you take China's official statistics at face value, you risk making very costly mistakes investing in or doing business in the world's second largest economy. This excellent book exposes the pitfalls that lie in wait for the unwary or naive."

- James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times

"A no-nonsense, concise look at the figures and the facts behind them that make up this modern phenomenon and wonder known in the rest of the world as the Chinese economy. Crabbe has done his homework for two decades in China, and it shows in his ability to elegantly deconstruct data from banking, pensions, tax and the day to day economy to try to see through the spin and the vested interest to what is really happening underneath. The great take away of this useful and highly readable book: trust nothing you read in the papers, particularly if they are Chinese language ones linked with the government, and arm yourself with high levels of scepticism. And like the great philosopher Wittgenstein said, don't just think or pretend to know, but really watch and see what is happening. This book is an excellent first step in that journey of refined, crucial scepticism."

- Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney, and Associate Fellow, Chatham House

"All you need to know to thread your way through the jungle of Chinese data's unofficial sectors. A full and authoritative reference point for anybody seeking to understand how the country works."

-Jonathan Fenby, author of Will China Dominate the 21st Century? and Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today

"After spending more than two decades trawling through reams of dubious Chinese statistics, Matthew Crabbe is eminently well placed to point out their flaws. He explains why much official data is essentially meaningless, but never falls into the all-too-common trap of dismissing it out of hand. This valuable introduction to China's data problems is packed with insight and written in easy, lucid prose."

-Tom Miller, author of China's Urban Billion and Editor-at-large, China Economic Quarterly


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Crabbe, Matthew

    Pages 1-12

  • The Big Numbers

    Crabbe, Matthew

    Pages 15-37

  • Fiscal Fudging — Tax, Balancing the Government Books and Paying for Social Harmony

    Crabbe, Matthew

    Pages 38-70

  • Red Ink on the Red Carpet — China’s Barely Hidden Debt

    Crabbe, Matthew

    Pages 71-88

  • Monetary Policy

    Crabbe, Matthew

    Pages 89-99

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-35320-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Download immediately after purchase
Softcover $27.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-35319-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Myth-Busting China's Numbers
Book Subtitle
Understanding and Using China's Statistics
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Pocket Consultants
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-35320-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137353207
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-35319-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 268
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