Figure 2.17 Government expenditure on basic public services as a % of general govt. exp., 2002–2017
CHAPTER 2 ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Sources: Ministry of Finance, Finance Yearbook of China, 2008 (2002–2007 data); National Bureau of Statistics, China Statistical Yearbook, 2009–2018 (2008–2017 data)
During the past several decades, the Government's overall fiscal capacity has grown, and government spending on social sectors, including on health, education, social security and employment, as a share of total government spending has increased, accounting for about one third in recent years. During the same period, the government expenditure on these three basic public services as a percentage of GDP has increased steadily from 4.7 per cent in 2002 to 8.4 per cent in 2017.