The Management of Human Resources in Shanghai: A Case Study of Policy Responses to Employment and Unemployment in the People's Republic of China
University of Cambridge, Judge Institute of Management Working Paper No. 04/2004
28 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2004
Date Written: May 2004
Unemployment, intertwined with poverty, now poses a huge threat to both social stability and the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that demands an urgent human resources policy response. This paper begins with an examination of the issues of employment and unemployment in China, then moves on to explain the institutional changes that brought about the problem. Shanghai will be taken as a case study to explore the policy responses. A labour market model will be developed as a theoretical tool to discuss both active and passive labour market programmes in Shanghai. Despite the apparent success of the Shanghai model, its general applicability to other cities remains uncertain, particularly in view of China's entry to the World Trade Organization.
Keywords: China, Economic reform, Employment, Globalisation, Human Resources, Iron rice bowl, Labour market, Shanghai, Unemployment, WTO
JEL Classification: M12, J50
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