China's new labour contract law: no harm to employment?

Yu-Fu Chen, Michael Funke

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    In January 2008, China adopted a new labour contract law. This new law represents the most significant reform to the legislation on employment relations in mainland China in more than a decade. The paper provides a theoretical framework on the inter-linkages between labour market regulation, option value and the choice and timing of employment. All in all, the paper demonstrates that the Labour Contract Law in its own right will have only small impacts upon employment in the fast-growing Chinese economy. Rather, possibly induced increasing unit labour costs may adversely affect employment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)558-572
    JournalChina Economic Review
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009


    • China
    • Labour contract law
    • Real options
    • Employment


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