Economic Reform and Changing Patterns of Labor Force Participation in Urban and Rural China
41 Pages Posted: 24 May 2006
Date Written: August 2005
In this project, we employ data from the Chinese population censuses of 1982, 1990, and 2000 to examine reform-era changes in the patterns of male and female labor force participation and in the distribution of men's and women's occupational attainment. Very marked patterns of change in labor force participation emerge when we disaggregate the data by age cohort, marital status, sex, and rural/urban location. Women have decreased their labor force participation more than men, and urban women much more than rural women. Single young people in urban areas have decreased their labor force participation to stay in school to a much greater extent than single young people in rural areas. The urban elderly have decreased their rates of labor force participation while the rural elderly have increased theirs. We also find evidence of the feminization of agriculture.
Keywords: China, labor force participation, economic reform, occupational attainment
JEL Classification: J0, J16, J21, J62, O15, O53
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