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Social Security Rights of Migrant Workers and Labour Mobility in China: An empirical study of Ningbo

Public Seminar

Tuesday 19th November 2013, 6.30pm to 8pm, Room 32L.LG.03, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE

Speaker: Zhikai Wang

Chair: Ehtisham Ahmad

The rapid growth rate of the Chinese economy over the last 35 years and the emergence of China as the world’s workshop are in a large measure due to rural-to-urban migration on a massive scale. Notwithstanding their contribution to the dramatic performance of the Chinese economy, migrant workers are disadvantaged in various ways. They face high barriers in acquiring the status of an urban inhabitant with full rights and opportunities, and most of them lack the social security cover available to their urban counterparts. The treatment of migrant workers creates a segmented urban population. This segmentation threatens social stability and acts as a drag on the educational attainment of migrants living and working in cities, and eventually serves as a brake on productivity growth which the Chinese economy needs to sustain its growth rate. Dr Wang presents a strong economic case for a substantial increase in public expenditure aimed at raising the social and economic status of migrant workers.

Dr Zhikai Wang| is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Asia Research Centre and Professor of Economics at Zhejiang University.

Dr Ehtisham Ahmad| is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Asia Research Centre and Senior Fellow at the University of Bonn, Center for Development Research.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email arc@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7615.

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