Why Do Women Have Longer Durations of Unemployment than Men in Post-Restructuring Urban China?
Inner Mongolia Polytechnic University
University of Winnipeg
Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp. 233-252, 2009
This paper provides the first systematic analysis of the reasons why women endure longer unemployment durations than men in post-restructuring urban China. This analysis is based upon data obtained from a national representative household survey. Rejecting the view that women are less earnest than men in their desire for re-employment, this analysis shows that women's job search efforts are handicapped by a lack of access to social networks, unequal entitlement to social re-employment services, higher earnings losses from job separations for women, and unfair treatment of women with respect to mandatory retirement.
Keywords: gender inequality, Unemployment duration, China
JEL Classification: J16, J21, J64, J71, R20Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 12, 2009
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