Liaoning and the Politics of Data

China’s northeastern province of Liaoning has been a remarkable outlier in 2016 in actually reporting significant contractions in GDP growth, industrial output, and investment, in contrast to other provinces. While the slowdown in China’s heavy industries has played a role, the causes of the surprise declines in Liaoning economic indicators appear to be political in nature, and highlight some of the political incentives influencing all economic data reporting in China.

Posted August 1, 2017
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