About the Project

Big Data China is a collaboration between the CSIS Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics and the Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI) dedicated to bridging the gap between cutting-edge quantitative academic research and the Washington policy community. The goal of Big Data China is to analyze leading academic research on China and highlight the most relevant findings for today’s policy issues. We hope you’ll explore our website, which will regularly be updated with new multimedia features, written analysis, and public events.

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Can Chinese Firms Be Truly Private?

As China’s economy moved away from state planning and policymakers introduced market reforms in the 1980s and 1990s, many observers expected that in addition to promoting the growth of the Chinese economy, privatization would also have substantial political implications. Most importantly, it was thought that the rise of the private sector could lead to the…

Governance by Data: How China’s Party-State Keeps Its Pulse on the People 

The 20th Party Congress in Beijing in November highlighted just how much power Xi Jinping and his closest allies have concentrated in their hands. Control is more centralized than ever, and surveillance is ubiquitous in China. While these trends have consolidated the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) power and further reduced public opposition, such a system…

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