In Beijing and Shanghai, about 40 per cent of regular residents do not possess a hukou, which are closely related to the ability to access social benefits and local schools. Photo: Reuters

China’s growth being held back by restrictive resident registration system, urbanisation expert says

  • A hukou controls access to public services and is often based on the birthplace of the holder, therefore preventing the movement of labour to the most productive areas
  • Weak economic growth in both Beijing and Shanghai in the first half of 2019 should act as a warning, according to professor Lu Ming
Topic |   China economy

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In Beijing and Shanghai, about 40 per cent of regular residents do not possess a hukou, which are closely related to the ability to access social benefits and local schools. Photo: Reuters
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Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng joined the Post in 2015 after spending a year and a half working for US media, including National Public Radio and Foreign Policy Magazine. He has been covering China's macroeconomic policies and financial regulations since 2016.