Towards a Labour Market in China

Paperback | December 30, 2006

byJohn Knight, Lina Song

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China's remarkable economic transition and capacity for dynamic growth has stunned the world. Throughout the period of economic reform, China has been moving towards the creation of a labour market. The scale of this transformation is unprecedented. New economic incentives, vast labourmigration, draconian retrenchment of state workers, and sharply rising wage inequality are all characteristic of this unique transition.Drawing on more than a decade of survey-based research, the authors systematically document and analyse this important transformation. They use economic and sociological theory, institutional analysis and political economy to fully explain the causes, pressures, obstacles and consequences of themove towards a labour market in China. It is argued that much progress has been made towards the creation of a labour market but that the process is far from complete.

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China's remarkable economic transition and capacity for dynamic growth has stunned the world. Throughout the period of economic reform, China has been moving towards the creation of a labour market. The scale of this transformation is unprecedented. New economic incentives, vast labourmigration, draconian retrenchment of state workers...

John Knight is Professor of Economics in the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Vice-Principal of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. John has acted as an adviser to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in China, World Bank, U.K. Department for International Development, ILO and WIDER. Dr. Lina Song is Reader in Chinese Economy and Socie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:December 30, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199215553

ISBN - 13:9780199215553

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Setting the Stage2. Labour Policy and ProgressThe Urban Labour Market3. Increasing Wage Inequality4. The Spatial Behaviour of Wages5. Rural Migrants in Urban Enterprises6. Redundancies, Unemployment and Migration7. Immobility and Segmentation of LabourThe Rural Labour Market8. Rural Labour Allocation9. The Imperfect Labour Market10. Conclusion

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`"In Towards a Labour Market in China, John Knight and Lina Song organise more than a decade of their research into a well-built theoretical structure to show an orbicular picture of China's labour market evolution...Having drawn an overall picture of China's labour market formation, not onlyhave the authors thoroughly and accurately reviewed the reforms of the urban labour system and employment policies, but they have also analysed the extent of and limitations to that evolution empirically.'Asian-Pacific Economic Literature