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Migration and human capital accumulation in China

John Giles () and Yang Huang

IZA World of Labor, 2020, No 476, 476

Abstract: The difference in educational attainment between China's urban- and rural-born populations has widened in recent years, and the relatively low educational attainment of the rural-born is a significant obstacle to raising labor productivity. Rural-to-urban migration does not create incentives to enroll in higher education as the availability of low-skill employment in urban areas makes remaining in school less attractive. In addition, the child-fostering and urban schooling arrangements for children of migrants further inhibit human capital accumulation.

Keywords: migration; human capital; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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