Andrew Batson is Director of China Research at the independent research firm Gavekal Dragonomics. He manages its team of researchers in Beijing, writes and comments regularly on the Chinese economy, and frequently speaks to business and academic audiences.

Batson has lived and worked in China since 1998, and over the course of his career as an analyst and journalist he has written hundreds of articles on Chinese business, government, economics, and society. Before joining Gavekal in 2011, he was an award-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in Beijing and Hong Kong. He has also been a software engineer, a consultant, and treasurer of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China. Batson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and educated at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Last Updated: April 16, 2015

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04.16.15

How Much Consumerism Can China Afford?

Andrew Batson & Matthew Crabbe
This week, a blockbuster movie celebrating speedy cars and the racing life landed atop China’s box office. The Hollywood import Fast and Furious 7 grossed $63 million in one day (as reported by Bloomberg), the most-ever for a single title in that...