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Tracing the Informal: Analyzing Labour Legislation in China

This article analyzes the various institutional and legislative changes that occurred during the economic reforms to explain the rise of informality in China. It examines the enactment of the 1994 Labour Law and the 2008 Labour Contract Law to determine the legislative underpinnings behind the emergence of informal labour in China and shows how state played an important role in the creation of the informal sector in China.


Reeja Nair

Research Associate

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