Impact of China’s Higher Education Expansion Policy on Youth Employment

  • Xinxin Ma


In 1999, the higher education expansion policy is implemented by Chinese government. Along with the policy implementation, the number of college graduates increased greatly. It is thought the increase of labor supply in a short term may affect employment. Does the higher education expansion policy affect youth employment in China? Based on a quasi-natural experiment method, Chapter  8 provides the evidence on the issue. It indicates that the higher education expansion policy reduces the employment probability, and decreases the probability to become both regular workers and irregular worker for young college graduates. It seems like the policy implementation decreases the proportion of young college graduates in “good sector” for college graduates, and the negative effect of the policy on employment is greater for the group with urban registration than the group with rural registration.


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  • Xinxin Ma
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  1. 1.Hitotsubashi UniversityTokyoJapan

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