Doubting China’s growth rate, economists use alternative figures or even satellite images rather than traditional GDP components.
Enlightening Measures of China’s Growth
Economists can use nighttime lights from NASA’s satellite images of the earth to decide if China’s economic growth statistics are accurate.
How Chinese Economic Growth Relates to Restaurants and Pilots
China might not fuel world economic growth if instead of a 7 percent real GDP growth rate forecast, we use a regression to the mean of 3.9 percent.