labor markets

Chinese College Graduates Play It Safe and Lose Out

At The Wall Street Journal, Bob Davis describes how prestige and security are driving fresh graduates towards jobs in government or state-owned enterprises, rather than private companies or entrepreneurship: Over the past...

China’s Changing Migration Patterns

This week’s Economist includes a map of interprovincial migration in China between 1990 and 2005. Central China—particularly Henan, Hunan, Anhui and Sichuan—saw millions leave for the coastal regions, with Zhejiang,...

CDT Money: China Cuts Reserve Requirement

China’s central bank announced a reduction in the amount of cash banks must hold as reserves on Saturday, capping a week that brought more signs of a slowing Chinese economy. The reserve requirement ratio for banks will...

China's Urbanization Paradox

A Monday Global Times piece debunks the urban dream for rural Chinese students, who used to view acceptance to an urban university as a “golden ticket” which allowed them to shift their rural hukou (residence permit)...

Does China Have Enough People?

The Economist looks at new Chinese census data, and asks an unusual question: Does China have enough people? The question might seem absurd. The country has long been famous both for having the world’s largest population...

Is Cheap Labour Drying Up?

Long the life-blood of China’s economy, it seems cheap labour is becoming increasingly hard to come by. Following an article written earlier last month by Duncan Innes-Ker of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Hong Kong-based...

Jobs Aplenty in Chinese Factories

CBS News reports on a labor shortage in China’s factories: As Americans struggle with pink slips, CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy reports Chinese factories are putting up red signs, seeking workers. The...

Chinese Factories Now Compete to Woo Laborers

The New York Times reports on the rising demands of Chinese workers: In recent months, as the country’s export-driven juggernaut has been revived and many migrants have found jobs closer to home, the balance of power in places...

Educated and Fearing the Future in China

Over the weekend, The New York Times website held an online forum over the topic of employment in China. Participants included: * C. Cindy Fan, associate dean of social sciences, U.C.L.A.; Yasheng Huang, professor of political...

The Mystery of China’s Labor Shortage

The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Blog looks at reports of a severe labor shortage in China’s manufacturing centers: So where have all the theoretically jobless peasants gone? Structural unemployment – a...

China’s Family Planning Goes Awry

China’s one-child policy has had major consequences for Chinese society. For the final issue of the Far Eastern Economics Review (FEER), Nicholas Eberstadt takes a look at how the population changes have affected...



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