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Why Do Women Have Longer Unemployment Durations than Men in Post-Restructuring Urban China?

  • Fenglian Du
  • Jian-chun Yang
  • Xiao-yuan Dong

This paper provides the first systematic analysis of the reasons why women endure longer unemployment durations than men in post-restructuring urban China using data obtained from a national representative household survey. Rejecting the view that women are less earnest than men in their desire for employment, the analysis shows that women's job search efforts are handicapped by lack of access to social networks, social stereotyping (that married women are unreliable employees), unequal access to social reemployment services stemming from sex segregation prior to the displacement, and wage discrimination in the post-restructuring labor market.

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Date of creation: 2007
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