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Economic Crisis and Income Inequality in Korea

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  • Kwang Soo Cheong

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

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    Using quarterly data for urban worker-households in Korea, I investigate trends in income and consumption inequality since the eruption of the recent economic crisis. I find evidence of sharply increasing income inequality while consumption inequality does not show any apparent trend. There is also evidence that severe deterioration in between-(income-decile)group inequality has more than offset minor improvement in within-group inequality, resulting in deterioration of overall income inequality. It is, therefore, believed that the worker households in Korea are undergoing a distinct process of income stratification parallel with the concentration of income after the economic crisis.

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    Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 199906.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: 1999
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    Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:199906

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    Keywords: Income inequality; the Gini coefficient and Income distribution in Korea;

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