The Chinese labor market has been facing a significant transition. As
evidenced by frequent labor shortage and rising wages for migrant
workers, it is believed that China has already passed through the Lewis
Turning Point. This labor market change affects the quality of jobs
through several channels.
This paper introduces the main labor market developments in recent years
in China, including rural to urban migration, trend of informality,
social protection system, and recent developments in labor market
institutions. The following section tries to measure the vulnerability
in the urban labor market by introducing a new measurement in social
security and job security. Section four describes the vulnerability of
jobs using the new tools we developed and observe the vulnerability
variations across various groups of workers. A regression-based
decomposition is applied to analyze the sources contributing to job
Cai Fang; Du Yang; Qu Yue. Labor Market Vulnerability in Urban China. Institute of Population and Labor Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (IPLE-CASS), Beijing, China (2012) 30 pp.