A new database of physical capital stocks for China (1952-2016)

By Zhiming Long, Rémy Herrera

No official statistics of China’s physical capital stocks exists to date. This lack hinders econometric studies regarding growth in this country. Several series of such stocks are proposed in the literature, but most of them have deficiencies. The purpose of this article is to build the most reliable and long possible statistical series of physical capital stocks for China. Built from 1952 to 2016, our original series are available to econometricians seeking to estimate new empirical studies on China, over the long run. JEL Codes: C13, C22, C52, C82, E22, E31, O53


  • stock of physical capital
  • statistical databases
  • time series
  • price indices
  • China
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