Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

A simple model of the Chinese Hukou System and some ongoing reforms

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


January 14, 2016. (Thursday) 15:30-17:00


A simple model of the Chinese Hukou System and some ongoing reforms


This paper argues that an important institutional factor, namely, the Chinese household registration system (Hukou), is to a large extent responsible for the recent boom in Chinese exports. We first document some stylized characteristics of the Hukou system, then build a rigorous model of the dual labor market generated by the Hukou system. The model can explain the fact that rural migrant workers not only made important contributions to China’s export boom, but also reversed the Chinese trade pattern—from exporting primary products to manufactured goods, because they are the labor force in “the manufacturing center of the world”. We apply the model to examine various policies and some ongoing reforms such as Special Economic Zones, export-tax refund, urbanization, one-child policy, etc.


Laixun Zhao (Professor, Kobe University)



Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
KIM, Jiyoung E-mail:Jiyoung_KimE-mail
LEI, Lei E-mail:Lei_LeiE-mail
OSADA, Noriyuki E-mail:Noriyuki_OsadaE-mail