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China's New Labour Contract Law:No Harm to Employment?

  • Yu-Fu Chen
  • Michael Funke

In January 2008, China imposed a new labour contract law. This new law is the most significant reform to the law of employment relations in mainland China in more than a decade. The paper provides a theoretical framework on the inter-linkages between labour market regulation, option value and the choice and timing of employment. All in all, the paper demonstrates that the Labour Contract Law in it´s own right will have only small impacts upon employment in the fast-growing Chinese economy. On the contrary, induced increasing unit labour costs represent the real issue and may reduce employment.

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Paper provided by Economic Studies, University of Dundee in its series Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics with number 220.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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