China is a vast country that has changed rapidly over the past four decades. The Chinese Economic Growth Initiative will conduct ground-breaking research to provide a better understanding of the factors driving China’s extraordinary economic expansion. A second objective of this Initiative will be access for Chinese and US researchers to reliable data about the impacts of its institutional structures on economic growth.

To facilitate this work, BFI, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Tsinghua University have formed a collaborative research project to explore the role of various institutions in China’s economic growth model. This collaboration will leverage a unique combination of Chinese administrative and commercial data to produce rigorous, world-class research.