The impact of China's new Labour Contract Law on socioeconomic outcomes for migrant and urban workers

Zhiming Cheng, Russell Leigh Smyth, Fei Guo

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This article examines the effect of having a labour contract on a range of employee outcomes (wages, hours worked, social insurance coverage and subjective well-being) for a sample of urban and migrant workers in China using data from the Rural-Urban Migration in China (RUMiC) project. Using different methods, we find that the Labour Contract Law has larger effects for urban workers than for migrant workers on receipt of social benefits, subjective well-being and wages, but not for hours worked.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329 - 352
Number of pages24
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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