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Determinants of turnover intentions among Chinese off farm migrants

By Russell Smyth, Qing-guo Zhai and Xiaoxu Li


This study examines the determinants of turnover intentions of off farm migrant workers, using data collected from China’s Jiangsu Province. Turnover intention is posited to be a function of demographic/human capital characteristics, job characteristics and job satisfaction. We find that higher levels of education have a positive effect on reported turnover intentions, while higher income and job satisfaction have a negative effect on turnover intentions. To the extent turnover intentions represent a good proxy for actual turnover, the results can be viewed as providing reliable predictors of job mobility among off farm migrant workers at a time when there is a growing shortage of such workers in China’s coastal provinces

Topics: 1402 Applied Economics, China, Migrants, Turnover
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s10644-008-9067-z
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