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On the Emergence of Labour Redundancy in China's State Industry: Findings from a 1980-1994 Data Panel

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  • Xiao-yuan Dong

    (University of Winnipeg)

  • Louis Putterman

    (Brown University)

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The need to lay off redundant employees emerged as an important policy issue in urban China in the 1990s. The degree of over-manning can be estimated by comparing estimates of the marginal product of labor with estimates of the full wage, including bonuses, subsidies, and non-cash benefits. We present estimates from a panel of 752 industrial SOEs for the years 1980-94. These estimates show a rising trend of redundancy with substantial differences among industries. They confirm both out earlier finding that over-manning was not general in the pre-reform era, and the prevailing view that it was a severe problem in the 1990s. Comparative Economic Studies (2001) 43, 111–128. doi:10.1057/ces.2001.10

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Volume (Year): 43 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
Pages: 111-128

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Cited by:
  1. Pandey, Manish & Dong, Xiao-yuan, 2009. "Manufacturing productivity in China and India: The role of institutional changes," China Economic Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 20(4), pages 754-766, December.
  2. Zheng, Jinghai & Liu, Xiaoxuan & Bigsten, Arne, 2003. "Efficiency, technical progress, and best practice in Chinese state enterprises (1980-1994)," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 134-152, March.
  3. Frazier, Mark W., 2006. "State-sector shrinkage and workforce reduction in China," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 435-451, June.

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