China’s Growth : Can Goldilocks Outgrow Bears?

Author/Editor:

Longmei Zhang ; Wojciech Maliszewski

Publication Date:

May 27, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper analyzes the recent growth dynamics in China, evaluating both cyclical positions and long-term growth prospects. The analysis shows that financial cycles play a more important role than traditional inflation-based cycles in shaping the dynamics of growth. Currently, the ‘finance-neutral’ gap—our measure of the financial cycle—is large and positive, reflecting imbalances accumulated in the economy since the Global Financial Crisis. A period of slower growth is therefore both likely and needed in the near term to restore the economy to equilibrium. In the medium term, growth will slow as China moves closer to the technology frontier, but a steadfast implementation of reforms can ensure that China follows the path of the “Asia Tigers” and achieves successful convergence to high-income status.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/113

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 27, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513504643/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015113

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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