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Economic Transition and Private-Sector Labor Demand: Evidence from Urban China

Lakshmi Iyer, Xin Meng, Nancy Qian, Xiaoxue Zhao

NBER Working Paper No. 19733
Issued in December 2013

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful to Philipe Aghion, Mark Aguiar, Daron Acemoglu, David Autor, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Erica Field, Mikhail Golosov, Bob Gregory, Chang-Tai Hsieh, Oleg Itskhoki, Nobu Kiyotaki, David Lee, Randall Morck, Cece Rhodes, Richard Rogerson, Gerard Roland, Chris Sims, Chris Udry, Shing-Yi Wang, Chris Woodruff and Fabrizio Zilibotti for their insights. We thank participants at the Princeton Faculty Macro Lunch, Chicago Applied Workshop, Harvard Business School Seminars, MIT Development Seminar, Yale Labor and Public Workshop, China Summer Institute Development, NEUDC, SMERU (Jakarta) and the NBER Summer Institute Meetings for Development and Productivity and for Enterpreneurship for their comments and suggestions. Guofang Huang, Zhichao Wei, Liu Yanliang and Ning Ding provided excellent research assistance. This research was funded by the Australian Research Council and Harvard Business School. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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