This study analyses the publishing output of Chinese authors in a group of leading economics journals over the period 2000?2010. We find that the output distribution across institutions is unevenly distributed, but within institutions there is a relatively more even spread. Research output has more than doubled over the period and is comparable with South Korean and Japanese output. Authors associated with US institutions have been an important source of research output growth. However, domestic output has also been increasing. Econometrics is the main field of output growth.