Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Bon Song Lee

Second Advisor

Dr. Arthur M. Diamond, Jr.


This thesis is an attempt to characterize two aspects of Chinese urbanization and rural-urban migration: the influence of government policies and the effect of socioeconomic development. Because of frequent changes in government economic development strategies, ideology, population control, etc., rural-urban movement fluctuates significantly along with the policy changes. On the other hand, socioeconomic development in terms of higher literacy, more industrial and commercial establishments, intensive employment of agricultural machinery, etc., does seem to have a strong effect on the level of Chinese urbanization despite the government policies that have played a negative role for most of the time. An empirical analysis is done to validate this argument.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Economics and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Di Cao April, 1990