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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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Information, Social Networks, and the Labour Market

Information, Social Networks, and the Labour Market

(p.205) 9 Information, Social Networks, and the Labour Market
Towards a Labour Market in China

John Knight (Contributor Webpage)

Lina Song (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of information and social network on the employment and pay of rural-urban migrants in the city of Handan, Hebei Province, China. It is shown that the general information about the urban labour market is not as important as information about specific jobs. Most migrants came to Handan without any general information about its labour market, while three-fourths received specific information about jobs. The source of such information was the migrant’s social network made up of family, relatives, friends, and fellow villagers.

Keywords:   China, rural-urban migrants, imperfect labour market, social networks, employment information

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