Privatization In China: Technology And Gender In The Manufacturing Sector

TitlePrivatization In China: Technology And Gender In The Manufacturing Sector
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsDammert, Ana C., and Marchand, Beyza Ural
JournalContemporary Economic Policy
Pagination250 - 264
Date Published2015///
KeywordsChina, gender, gender discrimination, gender wage-productivity differentials, manufacturing sector, privatization, technology

This paper examines the impact of privatization on gender discrimination in China across firms with different technology intensities. Using a comprehensive firm-level survey, the paper identifies gender wage-productivity differentials by directly estimating the relative productivity levels of workers from the production function of firms. The panel structure of the survey is taken advantage of by following firms that were fully state-owned in the initial year, and distinguishing them from firms that were later privatized. The main results show that privatization was associated with an increase in relative productivity of female workers in high technology industries, and a reduction in relative productivity of female workers in low technology industries. Time varying coefficient results suggest that the improvements in gender outcomes in high technology industries may not be maintained in the long run as the relative wage and productivity ratios tend to deteriorate, potentially due to low supply of highly educated female workers. At the same time, outcomes in privatized low technology industries increase over time, lowering the wage and productivity gaps between male and female workers.