Although China's economy has grown spectacularly over the last twenty-five years, economists disagree about how the Chinese economy is likely to fare in the short- and long-term future. Is China's growth sustainable, or has China relied too much on investment, which is subject to diminishing returns, and not enough on technological change? The first book on the relation between investment, finance, and growth in China, How China Grows dismisses this concern. James Riedel, Jing Jin, and Jian Gao argue that investment has not only been the engine of growth, but also the main source of technological progress and structural change in China.
What threatens future growth instead, the authors argue, are the weaknesses of China's financial system that undermine efficiency in investment allocation. Financial-sector reform and development are necessary, not only for sustaining long-term growth, but also for maintaining macroeconomic stability.
Although it includes some technical economic analysis, How China Grows is accessible to noneconomists and will benefit anyone who is interested in development finance in general and in China's economic growth in particular--whether economists, political scientists, bankers, or business people.
"Using rich and much updated graphs and tables, the authors convincingly argue that China's spectacular growth has been driven mainly by its ability to channel domestic and foreign savings into restructuring its economy since the late 1970s."--G.J. Wen, Choice
"Some parts of this work, especially the equation-heavy chapter on savings processes and investment rates, are best appreciated by those with solid economics backgrounds, but even non-experts interested in China's growth will appreciate the arguments made here."--Marc Lanteigne, International Affairs
"Overall, this is a very valuable book which systematically examines and analyzes the relationship between investment and growth in China over the past three decades. Using rich and up-to-date data and materials, it argues convincingly that China's spectacular growth has been driven mainly by its ability to channel domestic and foreign savings into restructuring its economy since 1978. . . . This book not only contributes to the existing academic literature in development finance but also provides valuable policy suggestions on China's financial sector reform and liberalization. Although it includes some technical economic analysis, it is written in a way that is easy to read and to understand. It is accessible to a broad range of readers, including academics, policy-makers, business people, students and non-economists. The book will benefit anyone who is interested in development finance in general and in China's economic growth and financial market development in particular."--Chunlai Chen, The China Journal
"The book is accessible and informative to a broad readership: from a lay reader to those who work in the field of finance and development, China specialists and policy makers."--Yu Chen, Progress in Development Studies
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