Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81439
Authors: 
Rickne, Johanna
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 924
Abstract: 
Fifteen years after the introduction of highly ambitious social insurance programs for urban Chinese workers, a large number of them remain un-insured. This paper examines the relationship between labor market conditions and social insurance participation among industrial firms in the pre-crisis years of 2000–2007. I find that increased labor tightness over this period was a quantitatively important driver of participation. Comparing different segments of the labor market, stronger response to tightness is found in sectors with the largest shares of un-insured: private firms, those with a larger share of low-educated workers, and those without labor unions. Increased tightness in the years ahead can therefore be expected to aid policy makers in social insurance implementation and in combating insurance inequality.
Subjects: 
Social insurance
Employer participation
Labor market tightness
People’s Republic of China
JEL: 
D21
J64
J65
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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