Saturday, 29 October 2011

Macroeconomic climate indices for China1995-2011
National Bureau of Statistics of China

Friday, 28 October 2011

China's GDP growth was 9.4% in the first nine months

The National Bureau of Statistics on 18 October 2011 issued preliminary data for the first 3 quarters of 2011.

The full report is on the Chinability website.


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Personal update, continued: OECD

I moved to Paris in March 2002 to work in the Investment Division of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). I would still be there, but I reached 65 in August 2010 and the OECD has a strictly implemented compulsory retirement policy. This is inconsistent with the OECD's excellent recommendations on policies to deal with global ageing, which include delaying the age of retirement. The recommendation is based on research going back to the 1990s and is already being put into practice by a number of OECD Member countries, for example the United Kingdom. The most powerful Member country, the United States, has allowed a higher age of retirement since the 1970s.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Chinese FDI in the United States is taking off: How to maximize its benefits?

Perspectives on topical foreign direct investment issues by the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
No. 49, October 24, 2011
Editor-in-Chief: Karl P. Sauvant (
Editor: Ken Davies (
Managing Editor: Alma Zadic (
Chinese FDI in the United States is taking off: How to maximize its benefits?
Thilo Hanemann and Daniel H. Rosen*
China’s outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) grew rapidly in the past decade, but flows to developed economies have been limited. Now China’s direct investment flows to the United States are poised to rise substantially. This new trend offers tremendous opportunities for the U. S., provided policymakers take steps to keep the investment environment open and utilize China’s new interest productively.

Monday, 24 October 2011


Last week I passed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license exam with a score of 100%, so I now have a Technician Class License and can for the first time transmit as well as receive on the relevant amateur radio bands. My station call sign is KD2AZU. 

A personal update, starting with the EIU

The mini-biography in the left-hand column of this blog gives just the bare bones. For those who are interested, I'm going to add a few details to put some flesh on those bones. For those who are not interested, skip to something else or go and make a cup of coffee.