Chinese Research Perspectives on Population and Labor, Volume 4

12th Five-Year Review and 13th Five-Year Outlook


This volume is based on Green Book of Population and Labor No. 16 originally published in Chinese. Chapter one reviews developments in population and family planning during the 12th five-year plan period (2011–2015), presents forecast, and examines the relationship between demographic changes and economic development. Chapter two focuses on population movement trends and employment situation of rural migrant workers. The country’s overall employment situation in this period is presented in chapter three. Chapter four examines trends in China’s labor supply and demand. Chapters five and six look at recent progress in and development of China’s old-age insurance and medical insurance systems. As in previous volumes, this one contains policy suggestions for labor market development and population management.

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Biographical Note

CAI Fang, Ph.D. in economics, is Vice President of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and served as Director of the Institute of Population and Labor Economics at CASS between 1998 and 2014. CAI was also a delegate to the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the 12th National People’s Congress, and a standing committee member of both the National People’s Congress and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. CAI has held visiting scholar appointments at many universities around the world.

ZHANG Juwei, Ph.D. in demographic economics, is Director of Institute of Population and Labor Economics and Research Center for Labor and Social Security, both under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). With nearly thirty years of research experience in demography and labor economics, ZHANG has published more than 200 articles in journals such as Social Sciences in China, Economic Research Journal, China Economic Review, and others.


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