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Rural Labour Allocation

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245274.003.0008

Series: Studies on Contemporary China

 Rural Labour Allocation

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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

Chapter.  13268 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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