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Unintended consequences of lockdowns: Evidence from domestic helpers in urban China
Frontiers of Economics in China ; 15(4):521-540, 2020.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1256709
ABSTRACT
This paper addresses the reactions of domestic helpers to the Wuhan (Hubei Province) lockdown that began on January 23, 2020. We use a novel dataset containing the information of over 40,000 Chinese domestic helpers registered on a leading professional website from November 2019 to June 2020. The results indicate a declining pattern of short-term labor supply of domestic helpers across 11 major Chinese cities, which shows an increase in the expected monthly wage of domestic helpers in these cities. More importantly, using a difference-in-difference (DID) model, this paper provides some evidence on the existence of labor market discrimination against domestic helpers born in Hubei Province due to employers’ fear of infection. © 2020 Higher Education Press Limited Company. All rights reserved.

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Scopus Document Type: Article Type of study: Evidence synthesis Language: English Journal: Frontiers of Economics in China Year: 2020
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