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The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Off-Farm Employment and Earnings in Rural China

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Jikun Huang

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Huayong Zhi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Zhurong Huang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Scott Rozelle

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies

John Giles

World Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: October 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of the financial crisis on off-farm employment of China's rural labor force. Using a national representative data set collected from across China, the paper finds that there was a substantial impact. By April 2009 the reduction in off-farm employment as a result of the crises was 6.8 percent of the rural labor force. Monthly earnings also declined. However, while it is estimated that 49 million were laid-off between October 2008 and April 2009, half of them were re-hired in off-farm work by April 2009. By August 2009, less than 2 percent of the rural labor force was unemployed due to the crisis. The robust recovery appears to have helped avoid instability.

Keywords: Labor Markets, Labor Policies, Work & Working Conditions, Tertiary Education, Crops and Crop Management Systems

Suggested Citation

Huang, Jikun and Zhi, Huayong and Huang, Zhurong and Rozelle, Scott and Giles, John, The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Off-Farm Employment and Earnings in Rural China (October 1, 2010). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5439. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1687509

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Huayong Zhi

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Zhurong Huang

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Scott Rozelle

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies ( email )

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John Giles

World Bank ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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