Better Statistics. Don’t Count On It.

Friday, March 5th, 2010

We have often written about the (over) abundance of (questionable and re-stated) data in China, and this continues to be an issue. One that seems to be causing the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) some stress. First the powerful National Development & Reform Commission seeks to take away the responsibility for GDP calculations. Then the […]

The (Misleading) Power of Stats

Friday, June 5th, 2009

An old problem continues to rumble: AFP: China defends economic data http://bit.ly/lHws5 This time the data on power tells a confusing story. Does it show a drop in consumption? Or more efficient output? AFP notes: “Zhang Guobao, head of the National Energy Administration, said this was due to a change in the nation’s industrial mix. […]