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The Chinese State Enterprise Sector: Labour Market Reform and the Impact on Male–Female Wage Structure

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The paper examines the wage structure in the Chinese state enterprise sector between 1981 and 1987. This period is of particular interest given the introduction of major labour market reforms in China during the early 1980s. In essence the reforms represented a movement away from administratively determined prices towards a market–oriented system combined with a relatively flexible system of labour allocation. The Juhn, Murphy and Pierce (1991) decomposition is employed to shed light on the role of changing labour market institutions over the period.

JEL classification: J31; J16
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Keywords: Wage structure; labour market reform

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Aberdeen, 2: Australian National University

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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