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Precarious Elderly Workers in Post-Industrial South Korea

Title
Precarious Elderly Workers in Post-Industrial South Korea
Authors
Kim, Yun-YoungBaek, Seung-HoLee, Sophia Seung-Yoon
Ewha Authors
이승윤김윤영
SCOPUS Author ID
이승윤scopus
Issue Date
2018
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ASIA
ISSN
0047-2336JCR Link1752-7554JCR Link
Citation
vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 465 - 484
Keywords
South Koreaprecarious workwelfare stateelderly workersservice economy
Publisher
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
This article examines how the combination of immature welfare state and expansion of the service economy, in particular, contributes to the precariousness of the elderly labour market in South Korea where nearly half of the elderly live below the poverty line. It completes an empirical analysis of how elderly workers in Korea are participating in the labour market and examines their situation using a conceptualisation of precariousness. It is explained how the elderly in an immature welfare state are pushed into bad jobs resulting in a large number of precarious elderly workers in an economically advanced country. Results of the statistical analysis suggest that, due to severe precariousness, the Korean elderly are unable to escape from poverty even though they work. Also, gender segregation of precariousness in the service industry has been exacerbated in the elderly labour market. Structural change such as the rapid transition to a service-oriented economy has a greater impact on elderly women than middle aged or elderly men because elderly women tend to have lower skill levels and shorter careers, mainly entering service occupations where the bad jobs are concentrated.
DOI
10.1080/00472336.2017.1423370
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