South Korea was known for one of few countries that combined rapid economic growth with a relatively equitable income distribution. Not anymore. Many years of relentless pursuit of neo-liberal reforms worsened income inequality, while creating and perpetuating new and old forms of social inequality. The purpose of this workshop is twofold: to advance our understanding of various forms, processes, and consequences of social inequality in South Korea, and to bring this experience to bear on contemporary debates on new paradigm of social rights and to formulate policy initiatives for egalitarian remedies in all dimensions of life and work.
"The Academic Achievement Gap in South Korea: A Comparative Perspective"
Hyunjoon Park, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Sociology and Education, University of Pennsylvania
"Ageism as a Mechanism of Sexism: Gender Earnings Gap One Year after College Graduation in South Korea"
ChangHwan Kim, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas
"Does Perceived Inequality in the Workplace Affect Health?: The Contribution of Employment Status in the Case of South Korea"
Joohee Lee, Professor of Sociology, Ewha University; Korea Foundation Visiting Professor in Korean Studies, Cornell University
Myoung-Hee Kim, Director, Center for Health Equity Research, People’s Health Institute