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Migration, Labor Market Flexibility, and Wage Determination in China: A Review

  • Zhong Zhao

    (Institute for the Study of Labor)

This paper reviews economic studies on rural-urban migration issues in China. The paper focuses on four issues: the household registration system in China, the profile of the migrants, explanations for rural-to-urban migration, and the interaction between migration and labor market evolution, with special reference to labor market segregation, labor market flexibility, and wage differentials. The paper concludes with suggestions for further research topics.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 13 Jul 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0507009
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