The Evolution of China's Rural Labor Markets During the Reforms

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis Working Paper No. 02-003

45 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2002

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Alan de Brauw

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jikun Huang

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Scott Rozelle

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Linxiu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy

Yigang Zhang

American University - School of International Service; East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore; Shandong University

Date Written: March 2002

Abstract

This paper contributes to the assessment of China's rural labor markets, while paying attention to whether these markets are developing in a manner conducive to the nation's modernization. According to our household survey, we find that the rapid increase in off-farm employment has continued and accelerated during the late 1990s. Our analysis shows that migration has become the most prevalent off-farm activity; has become dominated by young and better educated workers; expanded most rapidly in areas that are relatively well-off; and begun to draw workers from portions of the population, such as women, that earlier had been excluded from participation.

JEL Classification: J2, O1, P2

Suggested Citation

de Brauw, Alan and Huang, Jikun and Rozelle, Scott and Zhang, Linxiu and Zhang, Yigang, The Evolution of China's Rural Labor Markets During the Reforms (March 2002). Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis Working Paper No. 02-003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=322281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.322281

Alan De Brauw

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