De-industrialization and the 'disappeared workers'

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-785
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume16
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2005

Abstract

Hong Kong has undergone a remarkable process of a complete cycle of industrialization and de-industrialization within the lifetime of one generation of workers. This paper explores the impact of this swift economic progress and examines the adjustment problems and difficulties experienced by workers displaced from their jobs in a rapidly de-industrializing society. It addresses the issue of what has become of these displaced workers. It was found that, while a proportion of the displaced workers were able to find alternative employment in the expanding services industries, many became discouraged workers who joined the ranks of the hidden unemployed, partly as a result of discrimination which compounded their problem and further hindered their search for work and employment. The data show that many of these people eventually (in)voluntarily withdrew completely from the labour market. Suggestions have been made regarding the role which can be played by the government in particular to ease the transition of displaced workers into other employment positions. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.

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  • De-industrialization, Hidden unemployed, Hong Kong

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De-industrialization and the 'disappeared workers'. / Pang, Mary; Lang, Graeme; Chiu, Catherine.

In: International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 16, No. 5, 05.2005, p. 772-785.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review