nep-cna New Economics Papers
on China
Issue of 2012‒10‒27
two papers chosen by
Zheng Fang
Ohio State University

  1. Ethnic Discrimination in China's Internet Job Board Labor Market By Maurer-Fazio, Margaret
  2. Intergenerational Income Persistency in Urban China By Quheng, Deng; Gustafsson, Björn Anders; Li, Shi

  1. By: Maurer-Fazio, Margaret (Bates College)
    Abstract: We conduct a large‐scale field experiment to investigate how Chinese firms respond to job applications from ethnic minority and Han applicants for jobs posted on a large Chinese Internet job board. We denote ethnicity by means of names that are typically Han Chinese and distinctively Mongolian, Tibetan, and Uighur. We find significant differences in the callback rates by ethnicity and that these differences vary systematically across ethnic groups. Not all firms discriminate – approximately half treat all candidates equally. State-owned firms are significantly less likely than privately‐owned firms to discriminate against minorities by calling only candidates with Han names and much more likely to treat candidates equally.
    Keywords: Chinese firms, hiring, discrimination, ethnicity, internet job boards, resume audit study
    JEL: J71 J23 J15 O52 P25
    Date: 2012–10
  2. By: Quheng, Deng (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences); Gustafsson, Björn Anders (University of Gothenburg); Li, Shi (Beijing Normal University)
    Abstract: Intergenerational income elasticities are estimated using samples for urban China (covering many cities) for the years 1995 and 2002 and compared with results from other studies. We find that the income relation between the pairs: sons and fathers, sons and mothers and daughters and mothers, are in 2002 all similar in magnitude. In contrast the relation between daughters' and fathers' income is weaker. The income relationship between offspring and mothers was weaker in 1995 than in 2002. Our preferred estimates of income persistency for the son-father pairs of 0.47 for 1995 and 0.53 for 2002 are higher than what has been reported in the literature for several high-income countries with large welfare states. The strength of the income link between sons and fathers in urban China appears to be not very different from what has been reported for countries such as Brazil, Chile and the United States.
    Keywords: intergenerational income mobility, China
    JEL: D31 J62 P32
    Date: 2012–10

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