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THE EVOLUTION OF CHINA'S RURAL LABOR MARKETS DURING THE REFORMS

By Alan de Brauw, Jikun Huang, Scott Rozelle, Linxiu Zhang and Yigang Zhang

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This paper contributes to the assessment of China's rural labor markets, while paying attention to whether these markets are developing in a manner conducive to the nations modernization. According to our household survey, we find that the rapid increase in off-farm employment has continued and accelerated during the late 1990s. Our analysis shows that migration has become the most prevalent off-farm activity; has become dominated by young and better educated workers; expanded most rapidly in areas that are relatively well-off; and begun to draw workers from portions of the population, such as women, that earlier had been excluded from participation.Labor and Human Capital,

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