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Haining Wang

  • Title: Mr
  • Position: PhD Student - Department of Marketing and Management

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  • Load: PhD Student Full Time
  • Principal supervisor: Dr. Fei Guo
  • Date of submission: 15/09/2011
  • Thesis title: Work, Wage and Welfare Entitlement: Migrant Workers in Urban Labor Market in China
  • Abstract: Since the 1980s, more and more floating population have crowded into coastal cities in China. Many surveys show that there are great differences in employment, wage and welfare entitlement between local labour forces and migrant workers. The observed differences might be the result of human capital gap and discrimination. However, as a part of the world’s industrialization and urbanization, China’s population migration and discrimination in urban labour market are distinguished from that of Western countries by its transitional stage. This thesis adopts a series of econometric models to increase our understanding of migratory behaviour of floating population and discrimination against migrant workers in China’s urban labour market. Results showed that urban economic and social development could greatly improve the transition probability, but the impacts were different in different cities. Additionally, most of disparities in employment, wage and welfare entitlement were due to discrimination. The research applies the migration theory, discrimination theory and labour market segmentation theory empirically in a transitional society and provides evidence for Chinese government’s policy making.
  • Keywords: wage discrimination, migrant workers, urban labour market, China

Keywords: migrant workers; gender; migratory behaviour; multi-segmentation; discrimination