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Formal Employment, Informal Employment and Income Differentials in Urban China

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  • Guifu, Chen
  • Shigeyuki, Hamori

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Oaxaca’s study (1973), along with the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) questionnaire (2004 and 2006 pooling data), is used as the basis for this study in estimating the formal-informal employment hourly income differential, as well as the formal and informal male-female employment hourly income differential in urban China. The results indicate that differences in the characteristics between formal and informal employment account for a much higher percentage of the hourly income differential than do discrimination. In addition, ignoring the sample selection bias, one finds the formal male-female, the informal male-female hourly income differential and the degree of discrimination against informal women’s employment will be overestimated; conversely, the degree of discrimination against formal women’s employment will be underestimated.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 17585.

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Keywords: formal employment; informal employment; income differentials; Chinese labor market;

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