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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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Rural Labour Allocation

Rural Labour Allocation

(p.171) 8 Rural Labour Allocation
Towards a Labour Market in China

John Knight (Contributor Webpage)

Lina Song (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how peasant households in China allocate their labour among migration, rural industry, and farming. It is shown that the average and marginal returns to rural labour differ greatly among activities, with returns in non-farm activities exceeding those of farming. Incentives to seek non-farm employment are powerful. These will increase if the inequalities between rural and urban China, or within rural China continue to grow.

Keywords:   China, rural workers, households, labour allocation, marginal returns, farming, non-farm activities

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