The economy: A bubble in pessimism

Posted: August 16, 2013 in economy
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The battle for Egypt

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The economy

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China’s economy is inefficient, but it is not unstable

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HONG KONG

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“JUST the other day we were afraid of the Chinese,” Paul Krugman recently wrote in the New York Times. “Now we’re afraid for them.” He is among a number of prominent commentators contemplating calamity in the world’s second-biggest economy. Three measures seem to encapsulate their fears. Economic growth has slowed to 7.5%, from its earlier double-digit pace. The investment rate remains ununsustainably high, at over 48% of GDP. Meanwhile, the debt ratio—ie, what China’s firms, households and government owe—has risen alarmingly, to 200% of GDP, by some estimates.

Concerns about the first number were assuaged a little this month, when China reported strong figures for trade and industrial production (which rose by 9.7% in the …

via Economic Crisis http://www.economist.com/news/china/21583691-chinas-economy-inefficient-it-not-unstable-bubble-pessimism?fsrc=rss

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