Wei Chi

School of Economics and Management
Tsinghua University
Beijing, China, 100084

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January 2012Adjusting to Really Big Changes: The Labor Market in China, 1989-2009
with Richard B. Freeman, Hongbin Li: w17721
China's emerging labor market was buffeted by changes in demand and supply and institutional changes in the last two decades. Using the Chinese Urban Household Survey data from 1989 to 2009, our study shows that the market responded with substantial changes in the structure of wages and in employment and types of jobs that workers obtained that mirrors the adjustments found in labor markets in advanced economies. However, the one place where the Chinese labor market appears to diverge from the labor markets in advanced countries is the rapid convergence in earnings and occupational positions of cohorts who entered the job market under more or less favorable conditions. On this dimension, China's labor market seems more flexible than those in other countries. Three related factors may ex...
January 2007Adoption and Termination of Employee Involvement Programs
with Richard B. Freeman, Morris M. Kleiner: w12878
This study uses a 10-year longitudinal database on U.S. manufacturing establishments to analyze the dynamics of the adoption and termination of employee involvement programs (EI). We show that firms' use of EI has not grown continuously, but rather introduce and terminate EI policies in ways that imply that the policies are complementary with each other and with other advanced human resource practices, seemingly moving toward an equilibrium distribution of EI policies. Using a Markov model, we estimate the long-run distribution of the number of EI programs in firms and find that adjustment to the steady-state distribution takes about 20 years.

Published: Chi, Wei, Richard Freeman, and Morris Kleiner. ÔÇťAdoption and Termination of Employee Involvement Programs." Labour 25, 1 (2011): 45-62. citation courtesy of

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