Migration and Social Structure: The Spatial Mobility of Chinese Lawyers

  title={Migration and Social Structure: The Spatial Mobility of Chinese Lawyers},
  author={Sida Liu and Lily R. Liang and Ethan Michelson},
  journal={Institutions \& Transition Economics: Microeconomic Issues eJournal},
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