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China : improving unemployment insurance

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  • Vodopivec, Milan
  • Tong, Minna Hahn

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The objective of this policy note is to assist the Chinese government in assessing implementation of the unemployment insurance (UI) program to date, identifying key challenges, and exploring possible policy responses. The note begins with a background section on recent developments in the country's economy and labor market and briefly describes the evolution of the UI program within this context. The note then provides an overview and analysis of the current UI program, touching upon critical issues such as coverage, benefit levels, effects on work incentives, provision of employment services, and financial performance. For this analysis, the note draws upon results from recent UI policy simulation pilots in Qingdao and Tianjin; lessons from a World Bank-supported UI technical assistance project in Liaoning province; interviews with government officials involved in UI; and various UI-related studies and project reports. The note concludes with policy recommendations and suggests some future directions for UI system reform.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Social Protection Discussion Papers with number 44779.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:44779

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Keywords: Labor Markets; Labor Policies; Access to Finance; Population Policies;

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  1. Milan Vodopivec & Andreas W�rg�tter & Dhushyanth Raju, 2005. "Unemployment Benefit Systems in Central and Eastern Europe: A Review of the 1990s1," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 47(4), pages 615-651, December.
  2. Jan C. van Ours & Milan Vodopivec, 2006. "How Shortening the Potential Duration of Unemployment Benefits Affects the Duration of Unemployment: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 24(2), pages 351-378, April.
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  1. Alvaro Forteza, 2010. "The Portability of Pension Rights: General Principles and the Caribbean Case," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 28(2), pages 237-255, 03.
  2. Vodopivec, Milan, 2009. "Introducing unemployment insurance to developing countries," Social Protection Discussion Papers 49170, The World Bank.
  3. Rita Almeida & Pedro Carneiro, 2005. "The return to firm investment in human capital," CeMMAP working papers CWP21/05, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  4. Makhema, Mpho, 2009. "Social protection for refugees and asylum seekers in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)," Social Protection Discussion Papers 49168, The World Bank.
  5. Rickne, Johanna, 2010. "Gender, Wages, and Social Security in China’s Industrial Sector," Working Paper Series 827, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  6. Rickne, Johanna, 2013. "Labor market conditions and social insurance in China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 27(C), pages 52-68.
  7. Woolford, Geoff, 2009. "Social protection for migrants from the Pacific Islands in Australia and New Zealand," Social Protection Discussion Papers 49174, The World Bank.
  8. Vodopivec, Milan & Arunatilake, Nisha, 2008. "Population aging and the labor market : the case of Sri Lanka," Social Protection Discussion Papers 44927, The World Bank.
  9. James, Estelle, 2009. "Rethinking survivor benefits," Social Protection Discussion Papers 52919, The World Bank.
  10. Koettl, Johannes, 2009. "Human trafficking, modern day slavery, and economic exploitation," Social Protection Discussion Papers 49802, The World Bank.
  11. Ra, Young-Sun & Shim, Kyung Woo, 2009. "The Korean case study : past experience and new trends in training policies," Social Protection Discussion Papers 53696, The World Bank.
  12. Rickne, Johanna, 2012. "Labor Market Conditions and Social Insurance in China," Working Paper Series 924, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.

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