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The reality behind Chinese unemployment data

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Looking behind the official Chinese unemployment statistics, over the last 30 years there have been large fluctuations in the number of people without work. This is despite the uniformity of the official statistics. By looking at household survey data and other sources, Shuaizhang Feng proposes a more realistic estimate. Moreover, he examines how different groups within China are suffering disproportionately from unemployment, which suggests courses of action for the country’s policy makers.

This video interview was conducted during the the 8th Asian Conference on Applied Micro-Economcs and Econometrics on November 28-29, 2014. The conference was co-organized by the HKUST Institute of Emerging Market Studies ( and the Department of Economics, and focused heavily on the themes of labor economics and policy.

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