Title

Employment and wage discrimination in the Chinese cities: A comparative study of migrants and locals

RIS ID

75569

Publication Details

Cheng, Z., Guo, F., Hugo, G. & Yuan, X. (2013). Employment and wage discrimination in the Chinese cities: A comparative study of migrants and locals. Habitat International, 39 246-255.

Abstract

The urban labour market in China has been institutionally segmented, partly due to the hukou (household registration) system, in which rural-to-urban migrants have been discriminated against. However, the analytical framework in the literature that is based on the rural-urban divide fails to capture the diverse nature of the urban floating population, in which the urban-to-urban migrant segment is a growing proportion. This paper considers this regional divide, based on the dichotomy of migrants and locals, and examines the discrimination experienced alongside the rural-urban divide. By using original survey data collected from four megacities, this study analyses and compares employment attainments and wage differentials between rural migrants, urban migrants and urban locals. The results demonstrate the existence of the dual divides, and show that, compared with urban locals, rural migrants suffer employment and wage discrimination, while urban migrants suffer only employment discrimination.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2012.11.007