Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/243431
Authors: 
Xing, Chunbing
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper No. 2021/105
Publisher: 
The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki
Abstract: 
This paper examines the evolution of China's industrial and occupational structure in the last two decades and its impact on wage inequality. We find that non-routine cognitive and interpersonal tasks have increased, while routine cognitive tasks first increased and then declined. Occupation structural change is accompanying rising wage inequality. The wage premium for educated workers rose sharply in the 1990s and remained high thereafter. Occupations with high routine task intensity are associated with lower wages. While the return to education has become the largest contributor to wage inequality, routine task intensities have yet to play a significant role.
Subjects: 
occupational structure
inequality
education
China
JEL: 
I32
O14
O15
P23
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9267-045-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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