Education, Experience or Discrimination? A Path Analysis of Mobile Population Wage Gaps in China’s Urban Labor Market

Yanjun YANG


For the purpose of estimating the determinants of mobile population wage gaps in China’s urban labor market, this thesis conducts a path analysis on the variables which have significant effects on China’s labor market using the date provided by the CHIP. The empirical analysis shows that the main factors affecting labor income are workers’ education, experience, gender, marital status, industry and occupation. Mobility does not directly affect personal income. But it can impact on the possibility of workers entering monopoly industry and formal occupation, and consequently have an indirect effect on income. Labor market discrimination against mobile population is a significant factor which causes the wage gap in China’s urban labor market.


Education; Experience; Discrimination; Mobile Population; Income Disparities

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