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Towards a Labour Market in China$
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John Knight and Lina Song

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245277

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199245274.001.0001

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Immobility and Segmentation of Labour

Immobility and Segmentation of Labour

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(p.134) 7 Immobility and Segmentation of Labour
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Towards a Labour Market in China
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John Knight (Contributor Webpage)

Lina Song (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199245274.003.0007

This chapter examines the immobility and segmentation in the Chinese labour market. It argues that the hampering of market-equilibrating wage movements has delayed the progress towards a fully functioning labour market. When there is excess labour supply, undercutting of wages does not occur and enterprises support their long-standing employees. When there is excess demand, there is too little voluntary mobility of labour for employees to use wage policy as a recruitment device.

Keywords:   China, labour immobility, urban labour market segmentation, wage segmentation, rural-urban migrants

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