EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

China's Consumer Market: Growth, Changes, and Korea's Opportunities

Jin Kook Lee

KDI Journal of Economic Policy, 2017, vol. 39, issue 3, 19-41

Abstract: This paper examines the aspects of changes in China's consumer market since the mid-1980s. By comparing urban and rural residents' expenditures, I find that the rural consumer market has exhibited extraordinary growth. Over the past decade, the consumption growth rate and average propensity to consume by rural residents have surpassed those of their urban counterparts, with the former's consumption patterns becoming increasingly similar to the latter's. Such a phenomenon prevails in rural areas which neighbor secondand third-tier cities where urbanization is progressing rapidly. These findings imply that Korean companies need to diversify their export goods in line with China's expanding rural markets while further differentiating their product composition to satisfy the heterogeneous demands in urban areas. With regard to the government, efforts must be made to strengthen the export cooperative system so that it targets not only urban but also rural markets in China.

Keywords: China's consumer market; Urbanization; Consumption expansion in China; Chinese economy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O12 O47 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/200810/1/kdi-jep-39-3-2.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:zbw:kdijep:200810

Access Statistics for this article

KDI Journal of Economic Policy is currently edited by Dongseok Kim

More articles in KDI Journal of Economic Policy from Korea Development Institute (KDI) Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics ().

 
Page updated 2020-02-14
Handle: RePEc:zbw:kdijep:200810