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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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Redundancies, Unemployment, and Migration

Redundancies, Unemployment, and Migration

(p.115) 6 Redundancies, Unemployment, and Migration
Towards a Labour Market in China

John Knight (Contributor Webpage)

Lina Song (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the effects of the Chinese government’s redundancy policy on the urban labour market and migrant employment. The policy caused widespread job losses, with 19% of households experiencing a retrenchment. Employees with the highest risk of being retrenched were those in urban collectives and local state-owned enterprises. Workers with low educational and occupational skills, and in poor health were at risk within enterprises. The rise in urban redundancy and unemployment reduced the employment of migrants in the urban formal sector.

Keywords:   China, redundancy, urban labour market, unemployment, state sector reform, retrenchment, migrant employment

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