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The Supply and Demand Factors Behind the Relative Earnings Increases in Urban China at the Turn of the 21st Century

23 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013  

Hang Gao

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joseph Marchand

University of Alberta - Department of Economics

Tao Song

University of Connecticut

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

All of the demographic and skill groups in China's urban labor market received increases in their real earnings from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. This paper analyzes these relative earnings increases with respect to the relative supply and demand changes for each of these imperfectly substitutable labor inputs. The relative movements of both supply and demand were consistent with the relative earnings increases across experience groups, but only the relative demand movements were consistent across education groups, and neither of the movements could help explain the gender differences.

Suggested Citation

Gao, Hang and Marchand, Joseph and Song, Tao, The Supply and Demand Factors Behind the Relative Earnings Increases in Urban China at the Turn of the 21st Century (March 2013). Comparative Economic Studies, Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp. 121-143, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213154 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ces.2012.43

Hang Gao

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joseph Marchand

University of Alberta - Department of Economics ( email )

8-14 Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

Tao Song

University of Connecticut

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