Caixin New Economy Index Rebounds in August as Capital Inputs Rise
The contribution of high value-added industries to China’s economy rebounded in August as capital inputs increased, a Caixin index showed Monday.
The Mastercard Caixin BBD New Economy Index (NEI) came in at 29.4 in August, indicating that new economy industries accounted for 29.4% of China’s overall economic input activities. The reading rebounded from 28.7 in the previous month. The NEI measures labor, capital and technology inputs in 10 emerging industries relative to those in all industries.
Among the three subindexes that make up the NEI, the one for capital inputs, which has a weighting of 35% in the index, logged a 2.5-point rise from the previous month in August to 34.5.
The subindex for technology inputs, which has a weighting of 25%, fell 0.2 points to 27.1 in August. This subindex measures the number of research personnel recruited by the tracked industries, and the number of inventions they created and patents they obtained.
The subindex for labor inputs, with a weighting of 40%, edged down to 26.5 in August from 26.6 in the month before.
Launched in March 2016, the NEI defines a new economy industry as one that is human capital- and technology-intensive but asset-light, experiences sustainable and rapid growth, and is in a strategic new sector supported by the government.
Of the 10 tracked industries, the new information technology industry continued to be the largest contributor in August, making up 8 percentage points of the NEI reading. Advanced equipment manufacturing was both the fastest-growing industry last month and the second-largest contributor to the index, making up 5.2 percentage points of the reading.
The average monthly entry-level salary in new-economy industries, based on data compiled from online career and recruitment websites, rose slightly to 10,960 yuan ($1,529) in August from 10,880 yuan in the month before.
The monthly NEI reports are written by Caixin Insight Group — a financial data and analysis platform of Caixin Media, and Chinese big-data research firm BBD, in collaboration with the National School of Development at Peking University.
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