Information, Social Networks, and the Labour Market

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

 Information, Social Networks, and the Labour Market

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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

Chapter.  9206 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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