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Precarious Elderly Workers in Post-Industrial South Korea
- Precarious Elderly Workers in Post-Industrial South Korea
- Kim, Yun-Young; Baek, Seung-Ho; Lee, Sophia Seung-Yoon
- Ewha Authors
- 이승윤; 김윤영
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- Journal Title
- JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ASIA
- 0047-2336; 1752-7554
- vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 465 - 484
- South Korea; precarious work; welfare state; elderly workers; service economy
- ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
- SSCI; SCOPUS
- 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.
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