Welcome to the club - on the accuracy of growth forecasts for China
Forecasts for the Chinese economy are often seen as unreliable. This impedes a proper assessment of the country's course, and given that China is the world's second-largest economy, it also has implications for international projections. This article examines the accuracy of real GDP forecasts by three international forecasters and two German forecasters over the period 1991-2015. While forecasters had considerable diffi culties in tracking the large upswings in China in the 1990s and early 2000s, they were quite accurate for the period 2004-2015, particularly when comparing the IMF's forecasts for China with its forecasts for the United States or Germany. The forecast accuracy found in the Chinese Five-Year Plans is also surprisingly high.