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Unemployment, Inequality and Poverty in Urban China : Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy - Hiroshi Sato

Unemployment, Inequality and Poverty in Urban China

Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy

By: Hiroshi Sato (Editor), Shi Li (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th April 2006
ISBN: 9780415338721
Number Of Pages: 327

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Although the Chinese economy is growing at a very high rate, there are massive social dislocations arising as a result of economic restructuring. Though the scale of the problem is huge, very few studies have examined the changes in income inequality in the late 1990s due to a lack of data on household incomes.
Based on extensive original research, this book redresses this imbalance, examining the issue of unemployment and the problems it has brought for the people of China. Investigating the market outcomes in post-reform urban China, the book focuses on the relationships between unemployment, inequality, and poverty. In addition, the authors provide an analysis on the emerging urban labour market and its stratified structure, job mobility, profit sharing, and the role of social capital. Empirical analysis is supported by rich data from nationally representative urban household and rural migrant surveys, providing the latest picture of the widening inequality in Chinese urban society.

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'Based on a series of large-scale household surveys in a number of Chinese cities, this volume provides timely and informative studies on the issues of unemployment, inequality, poverty and their interrelationships... a collection of good quality empirical studies... this volume presents a rich and detailed profile of the urban poor in China.' - Shenjing He, China Information, vol. XXI, no. 3, 2007

'This book broadens our understanding of the functioning of the Chinese urban labour market and new urban poverty in China. Scholars and policy makers will certainly appreciate the authors' hard work' - Mark Wang, University of Melbourne, IDPR, 2009

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
List of contributorsp. xii
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Unemployment, inequality and povertyp. 17
Labour retrenchment in China: determinants and consequencesp. 19
Unemployment, poverty and income disparity in urban Chinap. 43
Economic restructuring and income inequality in urban Chinap. 65
Unemployment, consumption smoothing and precautionary saving in urban Chinap. 90
The decline of in-kind wage payments in urban Chinap. 113
Rising poverty and its causes in urban Chinap. 128
Can a subjective poverty line be applied to urban China? Assessing poverty among urban residents in 1999p. 152
The emerging labour marketp. 173
From 'work-unit socialism' to hierarchical labour market in urban Chinap. 175
Contrasting paradigms: segmentation and competitiveness in the formation of the Chinese labour marketp. 212
Job mobility of residents and migrants in urban Chinap. 236
How does firm profitability affect wages in urban China?p. 261
Social capital, unemployment and women's labour market outcomes in urban Chinap. 285
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780415338721
ISBN-10: 0415338727
Series: Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 327
Published: 13th April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.05  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1