Economic transition and private-sector labor: Evidence from urban China

Lakshmi Iyer, Xin Meng, Nancy Qian*, Xiaoxue Zhao

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This paper studies the transition of labor from the state sector to the infant private sector in urban China. We examine the impact of the first wave of housing reforms, which untied access to housing in urban areas from working for the state sector. We find that the reform significantly increased private housing ownership and private-sector employment, and reduced private-sector wages. The housing reform had no effect on unemployment or self-employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-600
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Comparative Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019


  • China
  • Economic transition
  • Housing reform
  • Labor mobility
  • Structural change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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