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Job Satisfaction and the Labor Market Institutions in Urban China

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  • Heywood, John S.

    ()
    (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

  • Siebert, W. Stanley

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    (University of Birmingham)

  • Wei, Xiangdong

    ()
    (Lingnan University)

Abstract

The determinants of worker job satisfaction are estimated using a representative survey of three major cities in China. Legally segregated migrants, floaters, earn significantly less than otherwise equivalent non-migrants but routinely report greater job satisfaction, a finding not previously reported. We confirm a positive role for membership in the communist party but find that it exists only for non-migrants suggesting a club good aspect to membership. In contrast to earlier studies, many controls mirror those found in western democracies including the "paradox of the contented female worker."

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4254.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Keywords: job satisfaction; internal migrants; party membership; China;

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