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China in Transition: Call for end to the iron rice bowl

Graham Watson

20th December 2016

The Chinese economy has been talking about reform, and reform of the working practices of China's state-owned enterprises SOEs is an important part of this.

According to Reuters, the Chinese government has ordered firms to reduce their 'social function' - in short, get rid of the 'iron rice bowl' that provided housing, welfare and education to their employees.

This article looks at why this is important, and, equally importantly, why this might prove to be harder than the government might wish.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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