China's urban population growth rate has doubled in the past 20 years and the Chinese government has made further urbanization a developmental priority. How Chinese cities cope with such rapid population increases has become a question of critical concern. This book provides an analysis of the welfare implications of China's urbanization, the development of the labour market including migration between rural and urban sectors, and natural and social environmental issues arising from urbanization. The book covers both academic and policy perspectives and, together with its sister volume Urban Transformation in China, brings together a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary overview of China's urbanization.
Contents: Foreword, Robert W. Fogel; Introduction, Aimin Chen, Gordon G. Liu and Kevin H. Zhang. Urbanization and Welfare Programs: Social security pension reform in China, Martin Feldstein; Forecasting the demand for health care in OECD nations and China, Robert W. Fogel; Urban health insurance reform: what can we learn from the pilot experiments, Gordon G. Liu, Peter Yuen, Teh-Wei Hu, Ling Li and Xingzhu Liu; China's urban housing: privatization and market integration, Aimin Chen; Housing investment and consumption in urban China, Shunfeng Song, George S.-F. Chu and Xiangming Chen; Rural reform and the welfare impact on urban workers: an analytical approach, Jack W. Hou. Urbanization and Labor Market: Urban unemployment and segmented labor markets, Aimin Chen; China's urbanization lag and its economic costs, Gene H. Chang; Migration and urbanization, Kevin H. Zhang and Shunfeng Song; Rural industrialization and internal migration in China, Zai Liang, Yiu P. Chen and Yanmin Gu; The determinants of job choice by rural labor migrants in Shanghai, Kenneth Roberts. Urbanization and Income Disparities: Rural-urban income disparity: impact of growth, allocative efficiency and local growth welfare, Ding Lu; Explaining unequal distribution of economic growth among China provinces: geography or policy, Sylvie D rger, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Wing Thye Woo, Shuming Bao and Gene H. Chang; Urban poverty and inequality in the era of reforms, Cheng Fang, Xiaobo Zhang and Shenggen Fan. Urbanization and Environment: Urbanization and the impact on health and environment: a tale of two cities, Chaoyang Peng, Xiaodong Wu and Gordon G. Liu; Urbanization and energy in China: issues and implications, David F. Gates and Jason Z. Yin; Rural worker migration and city transient crime, Hong Lu and Shunfeng Song; List of contributors; Index.