Job Satisfaction and the Labor Market Institutions in Urban China
John S. Heywood
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee; University of Birmingham - Department of Commerce
Business School, University of Birmingham; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4254
The determinants of worker job satisfaction are estimated using a representative survey of three major cities in China. Legally segregated migrants, floaters, earn significantly less than otherwise equivalent non-migrants but routinely report greater job satisfaction, a finding not previously reported. We confirm a positive role for membership in the communist party but find that it exists only for non-migrants suggesting a club good aspect to membership. In contrast to earlier studies, many controls mirror those found in western democracies including the "paradox of the contented female worker."
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: job satisfaction, internal migrants, party membership, China
JEL Classification: J28, J61, O17, D73working papers series
Date posted: June 30, 2009
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