Market Reforms and Han-Muslim Variation in Employment in the Chinese State Sector in a Chinese City

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2341-2352
Journal / PublicationWorld Development
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


This paper studies ethnic disparity in employment in the state sector in China. It compares Han Chinese with Hui Muslims. Data are from a 2001 survey conducted in Lanzhou. Data analysis shows that during market reforms, the CCP has not been able to protect workers of minority status as promised by its equal opportunity policy. Workers of minority status have faced a similar barrier in finding a job in both state firms and redistributive agencies. Minority ethnicity is the main determinant of labor market discrimination, controlling for educational attainment and other key characteristics. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Asia, China, discrimination, ethnicity, inequality, Muslims