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October 15, 2008

China Interdisciplinary Workshop, October 24, 2008

The next China Interdisciplinary Workshop meeting will take place on Friday, October 24, 2008, 2-4 pm, Room 2022, Thayer Building, 202 South Thayer.

Come hear and comment on a presentation by Qing Lai, doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, on research undertaken in collaboration with U of M professor of sociology Yu Xie.

The title of the presentation is

Abstract: Prior research has debated the relative importance of such factors as human capital, political capital, and region in determining workers' earnings and benefits in reform-era urban China. In this paper, my advisor and I argue that a main agent of social stratification in contemporary China continues to be danwei, the work unit. Using data from a 1999 survey we conducted in three large Chinese cities, Wuhan, Shanghai, and Xi'an, we assess the extent to which workers' earnings (including regular wages, bonuses, and subsidies) and benefits (including health care, housing, and pension) depend on the profitability of their danwei. Results show that the financial situation of danwei is one of the most important determinants of earnings and benefits in today's urban China. Furthermore, the importance of danwei profitability does not vary by city or by employment sector.

Refreshments will be served.
Our thanks for the support of the Center for Chinese Studies, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. If you have questions, please contact David Rolston (drolston@umich.edu), faculty advisor to the China Interdisciplinary Workshop.

Posted by zzhu at October 15, 2008 03:02 PM