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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

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

John Knight (Contributor Webpage)

Lina Song (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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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