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Research on Rural-to-Urban Labour Migration in the Post-Reform China: A Survey


  • Harry X Wu
  • Li Zhou


This paper surveys most recently published, specially large sample survey-based, studies on ChinaÂ’s rural-to-urban labour migration. Apart from discussing the recent trends in labour migration in China, including the size, the spatial pattern and temporal dimension of migration, and the demographic and economic characteristics of migrant labourers, it focuses on research findings on policy effects on migrant labourersÂ’ behaviours in searching for jobs, choosing occupations, remitting moneys and keeping family ties. This paper also reviews the studies on the consequences such labour migration has brought about to the urban and rural economies, as well as to migrant labourers themselves.

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  • Harry X Wu & Li Zhou, 1996. "Research on Rural-to-Urban Labour Migration in the Post-Reform China: A Survey," Chinese Economies Research Centre (CERC) Working Papers 1996-04, University of Adelaide, Chinese Economies Research Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:adl:cercwp:1996-04

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    1. Yap, Lorene Y. L., 1977. "The attraction of cities : A review of the migration literature," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 239-264, September.
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    1. Sylvie DEMURGER, 1999. "Éléments de comptabilité de la croissance chinoise," Working Papers 199913, CERDI.
    2. Terry Sicular & Yaohui Zhao, 2002. "Earnings and Labor Mobility in Rural China: Implications for China's WTO Entry," University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute Working Papers 20028, University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute.
    3. Eelco Modderman & Cees Gorter & Jasper Dalhuisen & Peter Nijkamp, 2001. "Labour Manoeuvrability and Economic Performance in Township-Village Enterprises: The Case of China," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 01-072/1, Tinbergen Institute.

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