Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/67238
Authors: 
Cui, Yuling
Nahm, Daehoon
Tani, Massimiliano
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6968
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the determinants of employment choice of rural migrant workers across state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and various subtypes of non-state owned enterprises (non-SOEs) by taking into account unobservable characteristics that link the choice to migrate with the choice of employer. Using pooled cross-section data for 1995 and 2002, the results indicate that the choice of employment is positively related to unobserved determinants of migration. This result implies that estimating employment choices without controlling for migration status leads to biased estimates. Most rural migrants appear strongly pulled into non-SOEs because of the higher wages and despite longer working hours. The provision of pension benefits also positively motivates employees' choices.
Subjects: 
rural migrant workers
employment choice
SOEs
non-SOEs
China
JEL: 
C35
J21
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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