This report was written under contract to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in order to further the knowledge of China’s manufacturing earnings and labor compensation statistics. The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the Bureau. This research project has benefited from the valuable feedback of colleagues in China and in other countries on China’s economy and Chinese business practices. In particular, economists Loraine A. West and Nicholas R. Lardy served as expert discussants at a November 2004 BLS seminar on an early draft of this report. Official statistical organizations in China have helped to correct some errors and point toward missing pieces of information. BLS economists--in particular, Constance Sorrentino, Chris Sparks, Elizabeth Taylor, Aaron Cobet, Susan Fleck, Marie-Claire Guillard, Gary Martin, Ann Neff, and Erin Lett--have provided their expertise and support. Patricia Capdevielle, formerly of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, provided expert advice and comments. I would especially like to thank Xing Yan (LeLe), Xing Shuo, Song Jintao, Xing Shuqin, Wang Jianping, Li Fang, Xue Jianwen, and Robert Boyer for their dedicated research assistance.
The opinions, analysis, and conclusions expressed in this report are solely mine; any mistakes or errors remain my responsibility.
Judith Banister Beijing