Nov 02, 2019 10:00 AM

Caixin New Economy Index Rebounds on Rising Capital, Tech Inputs

Wind power equipment is loaded onto a ship at Lianyungang port, East China's Jiangsu province on March 31. Photo: VCG
Wind power equipment is loaded onto a ship at Lianyungang port, East China's Jiangsu province on March 31. Photo: VCG

The contribution of high value-added industries to China’s overall economy rebounded in October as capital and technology inputs increased, a Caixin index showed Saturday.

The Mastercard Caixin BBD New Economy Index (NEI) came in at 29.8 in October, indicating that new economy industries accounted for 29.8% of China’s overall economic input activities. The reading was up 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.

Of the three subindexes that make up the NEI, the one for capital inputs, which has a 35% weighting in the index, rose 2.3 points to 35.4 in October.

The subindex for technology inputs, which has a weighting of 25%, increased 1.8 points to 28.1 from September to October. The subindex measures the number of research personnel recruited by the tracked industries, and the number of inventions they have created and patents they have obtained.

The subindex for labor inputs, which has a 40% weighting, edged down to 25.8 from 26.4 in the month before, the fourth straight monthly decline.

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 October, making up 9.8 percentage points of the NEI reading. The advanced equipment manufacturing, and scientific research and services industries ranked second and third, respectively. Biotech was the fourth-largest contributor last month, making up 3.4 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, fell by 87 yuan ($12.29) from the previous month to 10,967 yuan in October.

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.

Contact reporter Guo Yingzhe ( and editor Michael Bellart (

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