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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    New 'two-child' rules won't trigger China baby boom

    Posted Dec 11th 2013, 04:55am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With disposable incomes just above the running costs of a middle-class urban infant, eligible couples will be deterred from enlarging families New 'two-child' rules ... to have a second child if the first was a girl. So have urban couples if both come from one-child families. Even so, investors are elatedly forecasting a baby boom. Since August, when state media ...

  2. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing's statistical sleight of hand

    Posted Dec 06th 2013, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... China's urban consumption growth was considerably faster than official figures indicate. Conversely, in the late 2000s, real consumption was far weaker than Beijing claimed, contracting sharply ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's urbanisation push runs into trouble before its start

    Posted Aug 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland It could backfire spectacularly if new urban residents are left deprived of their former ability to make a living from the land Urbanisation policy runs into trouble even ... accompanied the rapid growth of the country's urban population. City dwellers are more productive than their cousins in the country, so they earn higher incomes. What's more, the holders ...

  4. Business - Property - MONITOR

    Contradictory figures fuelling China property bubble debate

    Posted Sep 25th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... housing has been built in recent years. Let's accept that China's urban population has more than doubled since 1995 from 350 million to 710 million. With an average household size of three, the growth of the urban population over the past 17 years would imply demand for at least 120 million new homes. If we also accept that the average new home boasts a floor area of 100 ...

  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Why 4 per cent annual growth will be great news for China

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the number of urban households making more than US$15,000 a year will shoot up from 78 million now to 198 million in 20 years' time (see the second chart). What's more, with few dependent ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Officials have always hated Hong Kong's country parks

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Loved by the city's population as islands of natural beauty, havens of tranquility, and easily accessible playgrounds away from the urban turmoil of everyday life, Hong Kong's parks ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's urbanisation policy is based on flawed thinking

    Posted Jul 30th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... an effect. As Wan and Hoffman put it: "the direction of causality runs from GDP growth to urbanization, rather than vice versa". Far from urbanisation powering growth, they estimate ... of urbanisation, but the upshot of government policies which have cosseted an urban elite by allocating them a disproportionate share of public resources at the expense of the countryside. As Chandran ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Scrapping the one-child policy won't solve China's problems

    Posted Aug 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... have been allowed to have a second child if the first is a girl. So are urban couples if both come from one-child families themselves. No doubt this loosening was introduced with good ... girls. The result is a grotesque imbalance of the sexes, which last year saw 117 boys born for every 100 girls in the countryside and 138 boys for every 100 girls in urban areas. This distortion, ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Official manipulation adds 10 per cent to China's GDP

    Posted Aug 12th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... according to the official data, between 2000 and 2011 Chinese house prices rose by just 8 per cent. Urban prices climbed just 6 per cent. As Balding notes, the modesty of this increase stretches ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Better pollution policies would mean longer lives for millions

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With a little political will, Beijing could easily hit its targets for mainland urban average PM2.5 levels by 2030, 20 years ahead of schedule Better pollution policies would ... will, he maintains that China could easily reduce its urban average PM2.5 levels to 30 micrograms per cubic metre by 2030, 20 years ahead of the current schedule. He calls for taxes on coal ...




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