Immobility and Segmentation of Labour

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

 Immobility and Segmentation of Labour

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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

Chapter.  14508 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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