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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.

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