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It's More Than an M-shape: The Political Economy of Female Non-Standard Workers in the Republic of Korea

Title
It's More Than an M-shape: The Political Economy of Female Non-Standard Workers in the Republic of Korea
Authors
Lee S.-A.Cho J.-E.Park S.Lee S.S.-Y.
Ewha Authors
이승윤
SCOPUS Author ID
이승윤scopus
Issue Date
2013
Journal Title
Asian Social Work and Policy Review
ISSN
1753-1403JCR Link
Citation
vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1 - 17
Indexed
SCOPUS; KCI scopus
Abstract
This study examines the re-entrance of female workers into the Korean labor market. We highlight that women in their 40s have the highest rate of employment among all female workers and that a large proportion of these women are entering into non-standard employment. In approaching this question, we examine the political economy of this phenomenon by first discussing the demand side of the Korean labor market using the gendering of the varieties of capitalism argument and then the supply side with the work-life balance argument. When examining re-entrance into the labor market, women with general skills with lower education and higher education both found it more feasible to re-enter the labor market as non-standard workers. While work-life balance is a prominent reason for women's choice of opting out of the labor market, work-life balance choice mattered less for women re-entering the labor market as non-standard workers in their 40s and 50s but instead firmly based skill formation mattered more. In addition, the retail service industry is suggested to absorb a large number of female workers with lower skill levels who would have had difficulties in re-entering other male-oriented companies. © 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
DOI
10.1111/aswp.12003
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