Redundancies, Unemployment, and Migration

John Knight and Lina Song

in Towards a Labour Market in China

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199245277
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602207 | DOI:

Series: Studies on Contemporary China

 Redundancies, Unemployment, and Migration

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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

Chapter.  7901 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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