Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
The Evolution of China's Rural Labor Markets during the Reforms
- Author(s): DeBrauw, Alan
- Huang, Jikun
- Rozelle, Scott D.
- Zhang, Linxiu
- Zhang, Yigang
- et al.
This paper contributes to the assessment of China's rural labor markets, while paying attention to whether these markets are developing in a manner conducive to the nation's modernization. According to our household survey, we find that the rapid increase in off-farm activity; has become dominated by young and better educated workers; expanded most rapidly in areas that are relatively well-off; and begun to draw workers from portions of the population, such as women, that earlier had been excluded from participation.