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Wang, Hai-ning

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  • Paper Title: Work, Wage and Welfare Entitlement: Migrant Workers in Urban Labor Market in China
  • Department Affiliation: Marketing and Management
  • Supervisor's Names: Doctor Fei Guo


This thesis seeks to increase our understanding of migratory behaviour of floating population and the discrimination against migrant workers in China’s urban labour market.

Theoretical perspective:

The literature mainly contains three kinds of theoretical approaches:

  1. the “push and pull” theory, human capital investment theory and two sectors theory
  2. the labour market segmentation theory;
  3. the discrimination theory.


  1. The Conditional Logit Model was used to analyse the impact of economic and social development of Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin on the migratory behaviour of migrant workers.
  2. A series of econometric models, for instance, the Multinomial Logit Model, the Quantile Regression, the Quantile Decomposition method, the Count Model, the Logit Model and the Oaxaca-Blinder method were used to calculate the degree to which the discrimination against migrant workers and female workers from different groups in employment, wage earnings and welfare entitlement.

Research implications:

the study applies the migration theory, discrimination theory and the labour market segmentation theory empirically in a transitional society.

Practical and Social implications:

the systematic study on the employment, wage earnings and welfare entitlement of migrant workers in the urban labour market could provide evidence for Chinese government’s policy making.


Migrant workers; gender; migratory behaviour; multi-segmentation; discrimination.