Explaining low employment rates among older women in urban China

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Author: Wenchao, Jin


In China, the employment rate among middle-aged and older urban residents is exceptionally low. For example, 27 per cent of 55-64 year old urban women were in work in 2013, compared to more than 50 per cent in UK, Thailand and Philippines. This paper investigates potential explanations of this low level of employment in urban China. [The author documents] the stylized fact that a majority of individuals stop working as soon as they qualify for a public pension, which most often happens at age 50 for women. [The author also highlights] the presence of significant amounts of financial and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Gender; Employment; Participation; Demographics; Culture and society; Labour market; Policy

Keywords: Urban; Age; Older people; Employment pattern; Labour force participation; Retirement; Family; Labour supply; Social policy; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: China; Asia

Published: London, England: Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2016

Physical description: 51 p.

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Statement of responsibility: Wenchao (Michelle) Jin

Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 127.969

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