低工资的中国正在消失吗

北京——

最近,关于劳动力短缺、劳资纠纷、增加农民工工资的报道屡见报端。这些报道难免引起人们的担忧或预期——中国劳动力成本优势正在消失。

我个人希望中国作为低工资生产商的比较优势早日消失,越早越好。但是,作为一位中国经济学家,我为什么会盼望中国比较优势以劳动力成本升高的方式削弱呢?毕竟,当一个国家仍然缺少像较高的教育程度、有效的市场和企业、强大的创新能力等真实优势时,维持低工资以保证经济增长是非常重要的。

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