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Raising household consumption is crucial for China

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Significance

In human terms, these indicators represent lost income, financial insecurity and a fall in present and expected future living standards. The wave of protests last month highlighted deep and widespread resentment of this.

Impacts

  • Rural areas appear to have come through the pandemic and lockdowns with less disruption than cities.
  • Demographic change will play an increasingly large role in shaping household consumption.
  • Household consumption, as a proxy for rising living standards, is a key source of legitimacy for the Communist Party.

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