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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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Women and agricultural labour in China

Women and agricultural labour in China

(p.502) 83 Women and agricultural labour in China
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China

Alan de Brauw

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the feminization of agricultural labour in China. Data from the China Health and Nutrition Study shows that the average share of farm work performed by women increased from 53 per cent in 1997 to 59 per cent in 2009. Women also did all of the farm work in a rapidly increasing proportion of households, reaching 29.1 per cent of households in 2009. The feminization of the agricultural labour force is expected to continue at least in the relatively near future, particularly as Hukou restrictions remain in place, tying rural labourers to their land.

Keywords:   agricultural labour, feminization, Chinese women, labour force, women

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