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  • About the Author: Ethan Cramer-Flood

    Ethan Cramer-Flood is the associate director of The Conference Board’s China Center for Economics and Business.  Based in New York City, he helps direct the Beijing-based China Center and s…

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27 Mar. 2018 | Comments (0)
Planning for China-US trade tensions -- insights and resources from the Conference Board
The Conference Board China Center has been tracking US-China trade relations very carefully over the past 18 months, and we recommend that our members…

07 Mar. 2018 | Comments (0)
An interview with David Hoffman, Managing Director of the Conference Board’s China Center
Market shake-outs – as typical of creative destruction cycles, even those with “Chinese characteristics” – should yield better operating conditions ov…

13 Feb. 2018 | Comments (0)
CFIUS Reform Set to Disrupt Business as Usual for MNCs in China
The reform and empowerment of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has the potential to dramatically disrupt many traditio…

24 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
How China Fudges Its Numbers
The Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report discusses a town in Guangdong Province that overstated its industrial output by 300 percent in 2012.…

24 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
Beijing Housing Vacancy Rate at 28.9%: Survey
A survey by the Beijing Police last year showed the city has 13.2 million units of houses, of which 3.8 million are confirmed vacant, putting its hous…

07 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
China Failure to Grow With $1 Trillion Is Warning to Li
Bloomberg: China’s economy is proving less responsive to credit, escalating pressure on Premier Li Keqiang to strengthen the role of private enterpris…

23 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
Supersizing Small Cities in China
China's Economic Observer newspaper examines some of the challenges facing Li Keqiang's urbanization plans. Says one city planner: "If there is no ind…

20 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
Chinese SOEs and “invisible benefits”
Ten major SOEs were found to have violated financial regulations by offering staff a variety of “invisible benefits”, according to audit reports for 2…

15 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
China plans revolution to head off fiscal crisis
Australia's The Age: China is drawing up a blueprint for sweeping reforms aimed at averting an economic crisis, sources with close ties to the leaders…

07 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
The 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report
Thirty percent of all global hacking attacks originate in China, according to a major new report from Verizon's RISK Team. This makes China the numbe…

08 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Consumption in China may be much higher than official statistics suggest
The Economist: Official figures show China's private consumption languishing at around 35% of GDP. Morgan Stanley’s “bottom-up” calculations, by contr…

29 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Samsung to Build Largest Plant in Vietnam as Labor Cost Rises in China
Caijing: The completion of the new plant will lift the production capacity of Samsung's Vietnam unit to 240 million by 2015, accounting over half of S…

07 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Can China Still Compete?
Welcome to the next installment of The Conference Board China Center Chart of the Week series, hosted here on the Human Capital Exchange. This week, w…

30 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
What Creates Jobs in China?
Welcome to the next installment of The Conference Board China Center Chart of the Week series. This week we’ll take a look at the drivers of labor dem…

13 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
Can an Economy Continue to Grow Without Young Workers?
In less than twenty years, more than 100 million people will have vanished from China’s workforce – a reduction in capacity equivalent to more than th…

03 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
China’s Version of the SAT, and Why You Should Care About It
We will take a look at a uniquely Chinese institutional tradition, the gaokao – China’s national college entrance exam – to attend one of China’s 2409…

13 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
China’s Vanishing Female Workforce: Will Gender Imbalances in the Workplace Lead to Tension?
We’ve been discussing the characteristics of the Chinese labor force with regards to shifting educational levels. Now we turn to a different topic – …

26 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
China’s Youth: Declining in Numbers, Staying in School Longer – What Does it Mean for Business?
Multinational corporations have relied on China’s seemingly endless supply of cheap, young, unskilled, or semi-skilled laborers to fill their export p…

04 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
Does China’s Newly Educated Population Indicate a Changed Workforce Dynamic?
In our globalized economy, talent managers and HR directors are often called upon to develop foreign workforces that lie well outside both their comfo…