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The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China$
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Shenggen Fan, Ravi Kanbur, Shang-Jin Wei, and Xiaobo Zhang

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678204.001.0001

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Urban wages in China

Urban wages in China

(p.230) 35 Urban wages in China
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China

Lina Song

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the urban wage structure in China which reflects both a dualistic model of development and a transition from institutionally determined wages to market determined wages. The chapter identifies three tiers of the urban labour markets: non-retrenched urban workers, retrenched and re-employed urban workers, and rural–urban migrants and considers the impact of the Hukou system on the mobility of labour. The discussion then moves to the shift in employment from primary and secondary to tertiary (service) sectors; the wage premium for Communist Party membership; and widening inequality in urban wages.

Keywords:   labour policy, wage policy, labour market, employment, inequality

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