China's Gross National Product and Social Accounts, 1950-1957

China's Gross National Product and Social Accounts, 1950-1957

China's Gross National Product and Social Accounts, 1950-1957

China's Gross National Product and Social Accounts, 1950-1957

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This book is intended for those who are concerned with measuring the national output of Communist China, the different uses for this output, and the distribution of Income involved in its production. The years covered include the period from 1950, the first full year after Communist control over the mainland, to 1957, the last year of the First Five Year Plan. It is hoped that many concerned with analyzing specific economic questions will find the national accounts presented useful in relating specific economic activities to developments in the economy as a whole. Some of the data in discussions of methodology are related only to estimates of components in the accounts but warrant analysis of their significance apart from their importance for the accounts.

An undertaking of this magnitude is possible only with the encouragement and the assistance of many people. Those who have helped me in the process of working on the material presented are too numerous to mention in detail. However, I wish in particular to thank Philip L. Bridgham, who has given generously of his time and knowledge to help me in exploring the intricacies of the official statistics. Also, I wish to thank Professor Everett E. Hagen of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for his encouragement and for his efforts In improving the estimates . . .

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