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Education level endangers growth in China

China’s former Industry Minister, Miao Wei, recently pointed out that the lack of talent in the innovation and high-tech sectors is severely hampering the development of the industrial sector. This may be true, but it is only part of a much larger problem. The focus on the high-tech sector obscures the view of a much bigger challenge: China’s “human capital” is insufficient to become a high-income country – at least that is the analysis of development economist Scott Rozelle, who spent nearly 40 years researching in China.

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