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The effects of facilitating the flow of rural workers to urban employment in China

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  • Yinhua Mai
  • Xiujian Peng
  • Peter B. Dixon
  • Maureen T. Rimmer

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The Second Agricultural Survey in China revealed that during 2006 about 130 million rural workers spent more than a month working outside the township of their residence. Most of these migrant workers engaged in industrial and services activities. They have played an increasingly important role in China's economic development. In this paper we introduce model mechanisms capturing demand and supply characteristics for these migrant workers under a MONASH-style dynamic Computable General Equilibrium framework. The model, SICGE (State Information Centre General Equilibrium), is applied in this study to analyse the effects of reducing institutional restrictions to the flow of rural labour to urban employment.

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  • Yinhua Mai & Xiujian Peng & Peter B. Dixon & Maureen T. Rimmer, 2009. "The effects of facilitating the flow of rural workers to urban employment in China," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers g-188, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
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    1. Xiujian Peng & Yinhua Mai, 2013. "Population Ageing, Retirement Age Extension and Economic Growth in China A Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers g-237, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
    2. Yinhua Mai & Xiujian Peng, 2009. "Estimating the size of rural labour surplus in China - A dynamic general equilibrium analysis," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers g-189, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
    3. Qian Wang & Qiao-Mei Liang, 2015. "Will a carbon tax hinder China’s efforts to improve its primary income distribution status?," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 20(8), pages 1407-1436, December.
    4. Anping Chen & Nicolaas Groenewold, 2011. "Regional Equality and National Development in China: Is There a Trade‐Off?," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(4), pages 628-669, December.

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    Keywords

    China; CGE modelling; labour supply; rural-urban migration;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure

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