Wage differentials between urban and rural-urban migrant workers in China

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Since the end of the 1980s, the number of migrants working in the urban labor market has increased dramatically. However, migrant workers are treated differently from urban workers. In this paper we examine the labor market discrimination against rural migrants from the point of view of wage differentials using CHIP-2007 data. We apply Jann pooled method to deal with index number problem and use Heckman two step model to correct selection problem when decomposing the wage gap. The decomposition results show that a significant difference in wage gains persists between the two groups as late as 2007. In 2007 migrants only earned 49% of urban workers' income and 17% of the wage gap cannot be explained by observed factors. In detail, differences in educational attainment, work experience and distribution across industry, occupation, and ownership of enterprises account for most of the explained wage gap.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhang, L; Sharpe, RV; Li, S; Darity, WA

Published Date

  • December 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 /

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 233

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-951X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.chieco.2016.10.004

Citation Source

  • Scopus