2016MIB Workshop: Inclusive Urban Development: The Role of Large Cities

Topic: Inclusive Urban Development: The Role of Large Cities          微信截图.png    

Time: 15:30-17:00, October 26 (Wed.), 2016

Venue: Room A511, Pao Sui Loong Library, Xuhui Campus

Lecturer: LU Ming



In cities, complementarity between a low-skilled and a high-skilled workforce can promote each other to improve labor productivity. In this study, we used earlier census data and 1% population survey data to examine the distribution of the skilled workforce in cities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) along with its changes, and drew the following three conclusions. First, a highly skilled workforce is the engine of urban development, increasing urban wages and population. Second, big cities can promote complementarity between skill sets so that there are greater numbers of high-skilled and low-skilled workers in those cities. This explains why both low-skilled and high-skilled workforces agglomerate in big cities. Last, complementarity between the low-skilled and high-skilled workforce is inhibited in the PRC’s cities because of the biased household registration system (HRS) toward the high-skilled workforce, resulting in limited supply of low-skilled labor. This policy is not conducive to enhance labor productivity in big cities and to carry out its leading role of economic growth.


Guest speaker (Bio)

Ming LU is Distinguished Professor of Economics, and Director of China Centre for Development Studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also Adjunct Professor at Fudan University, and Research Fellow of Peking University-Lincoln Institute, and Hitotsubashi University, Japan. He worked as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He has consulted for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He teaches Chinese Macroeconomy and China’s Political Economy. His recent research evaluates the urban and regional development policies, and their effects on resource allocation and economic sustainability.