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Unemployment and labor force participation in urban China
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2012 (English)In: China economic review, ISSN 1043-951X, E-ISSN 1873-7781, Vol. 23, no 1, 18-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper serves to document and analyze the employment and the labor market changes in urban China since the late 1980s. High and sustained GDP growth rates in China have paradoxically been accompanied by increasing unemployment rates and decreasing labor force participation rates. Using national representative micro data, estimations from logit models show that age, education, communist-party membership and marital status are significantly associated with participation in the labor force and employment opportunities, and the impacts of education and party membership have increased over time. An extension of the Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition finds little of the observed male-female differentials attributable to differences in characteristics such as age or education but to coefficient effects, a possible reflection of discrimination.

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2012. Vol. 23, no 1, 18-33 p.
Keyword [en]
Urban labor market, China, Labor force, Employment, Unemployment
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168559DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2011.07.008ISI: 000299241100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-168559DiVA: diva2:503304
Available from: 2012-02-15 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-02-15Bibliographically approved

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