About the China Household Finance Survey

The Survey and Research Center for China Household Finance, a non-profit institution for academic inquiry, is founded by Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE).


The main mission of the center is to carry out the China Household Finance Survey. This survey is only nationally representative survey in China that has detailed information about household assets, including housing, business assets, financial assets, and other household assets. In addition, the survey also has information on income, expenditure and social and commercial insurance. So far, this survey is only resource about household wealth in China.


The survey uses the most scientific sampling method. It builds its own sampling frame to ensure its national representativeness. The survey is conducted by hundreds of knowledgeable, highly trained and motivated undergraduate and graduate students from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. Every effort has been made to reduce the refusal rate and to ensure information accuracy.

The survey enjoys tremendous help from local communities nationwide.


The first wave of the survey was conducted in the summer of 2011. The sample size is 8,438 households and 29,500 individuals. Since then, the center has carried multiple waves of quarter surveys on the same households. The quarterly survey is conducted by a combination of telephone interviews and face-to-face to interviews. Although the questionnaire for the quarterly survey is much shorter, it collects the dynamic and timely information on Chinese households about employment, income, housing wealth, expenditure, and expectation.


Since April 2013, the Center has started the second wave of mapping and interviewing stage. About 1,600 SWUFE students participated in this round of survey. By September 6th, CHFS has finished interviewing 28,228 households, covering 29 provinces, 262 counties and 1048 communities. More importantly, this year’s survey is not nationally representative, but has representativeness at provincial level, which has a more comprehensive and detailed reflection of Chinese households’ financial situation.


We provide the China House Household Finance Survey data for the registered users who comply with the Data use agreement for the purpose of facilitating scientific and policy research.


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