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
Date Written: March 2002
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
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