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Household Durable Goods Ownership in Tianjin, China*


The consumption structure in China has undergone a dramatic change since the economic reform started in late 1979. Durable goods ownership, an important aspect of overall consumption, has experi enced an even greater change both in variety and quantity. Analyses of general consumption in China are found in Lardy, Van der Gaag, Hu et al. and Zhang et al.1 Quantitative analysis devoted solely to durable goods consumption in Chinese cities has rarely been undertaken.

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1. See Lardy Nicholas, “Consumption and living standards in China, 1978–83,” The China Quarterly (CQ), No. 100 (December 1984), pp. 849–65; Jacques Van der Gaag, “Private household consumption in China-a study of people's livelihood,” World Bank Staff Working Paper, No. 701; Hu Teh-wei, Bai Jushan and Shi Shuzhong, “Household expenditure patterns in Tianjin, 1982 and 1984,” CQ, No. 110 (June 1987), pp. 179–95; and Zhang Xuejun et al., “Household consumption choices and the growth of natural income,” Yanjiu jingji (Economic Research), No. 1.

2. SeeKravis Irving B., Heston Alan W. and Summers Robert, World Product and Income: International Comparisons of Real Gross Product (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982); and Ram R., “Economic growth and structure of domestic absorption,” Journal of Development Economics, No. 26 (1987) pp. 291300.

3. National Bureau of Statistics, China Statistical Yearbook, 1985 Beijing: 1985), p. 578.

4. Ibid.

5. Zhang Xuejun et al., “Household consumption choices.”

6. Ibid.

* This article was supported, in part, by the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China, National Academy of Sciences. The authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in the article.

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