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Job Satisfaction and the Labor Market Institutions in Urban China

John Heywood, William Siebert () and Xiangdong Wei

No 4254, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: The determinants of worker job satisfaction are estimated using a representative survey of three major cities in China. Legally segregated migrants, floaters, earn significantly less than otherwise equivalent non-migrants but routinely report greater job satisfaction, a finding not previously reported. We confirm a positive role for membership in the communist party but find that it exists only for non-migrants suggesting a club good aspect to membership. In contrast to earlier studies, many controls mirror those found in western democracies including the "paradox of the contented female worker."

Keywords: job satisfaction; internal migrants; party membership; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 J28 J61 O17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2009-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cna, nep-dev, nep-hap, nep-lab, nep-ltv and nep-tra
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