Sylvie Démurger

GATE—Lyon-Saint-Etienne and CNRS, France, and IZA, Germany

I’m happy to contribute to IZA World of Labor, a unique project that bridges the gap between academics and practitioners. By presenting and explaining cutting-edge research results on a wide range of topical labor issues, it provides an invaluable resource to both policymakers and researchers

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Research Professor, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Research interest

Development economics, labor economics, migration and inequalities, China economy

Past positions

Researcher at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), Hong Kong (2009–2011); Honorary Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy, The University of Hong Kong (2003–2006)


PhD, University of Paris 1, 1997

Selected publications

  • “Migration externalities in Chinese cities.” European Economic Review 76 (2015): 152–167 (with P.-P. Combes and S. Li).

  • “Migration, remittances and rural employment patterns: Evidence from China.” Research in Labor Economics 37 (2013): 31–63 (with S. Li).

  • “Payments for ecological restoration and rural labor migration in China: The Sloping Land Conversion Program in Ningxia.” IZA Journal of Migration 1:10 (2012) (with H. Wan).

  • “Return migrants: The rise of new entrepreneurs in rural China.” World Development 39:10 (2011): 1847–1861 (with H. Xu).

  • “Migrants as second-class workers in urban China? A decomposition analysis.” Journal of Comparative Economics 37:4 (2009): 610–628 (with M. Gurgand, S. Li, and X. Yue).