2013

Labor Market Conditions and Social Insurance in China

Reprint No. 2013:46

Author(s): Johanna RickneYear: 2013 Title: China Economic Review Volume (No.): 27 (December) Pages: 52–68
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This paper provides micro-level evidence on the relationship between labor market conditions and social insurance participation among Chinese industrial firms. I find that the increased scarcity of labor over this period was a quantitatively important driver of participation. Moreover, a comparison of the responses in different segments of the labor market showsthat the response was relatively stronger in sectors with larger shares of uninsured workers, namely in private firms, those with a larger share of low-educated workers, and those without labor unions. The results suggest that a tighter labor market in the years ahead can aid policy makers to implement social insurance programs and combat insurance inequality.


Reference:
Rickne, Johanna (2013), "Labor Market Conditions and Social Insurance in China". China Economic Review 27(December), 52–68.

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