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Strategies for Reforming Korea’s Labor Market to Foster Growth

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  • Mai Dao
  • Davide Furceri
  • Tae-Jeong Kim
  • Meeyeon Kim
  • Jisoo Hwang

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While the Korean unemployment rates are currently among the lowest in OECD countries, the labor market duality and the underemployment in some segments of the population are important labor market challenges, and factors contributing to lower potential growth. The paper shows the benefits of comprehensive policy reforms aimed at increasing labor force participation and youth employment and reducing duality are likely to be considerable in the medium term.

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  • Mai Dao & Davide Furceri & Tae-Jeong Kim & Meeyeon Kim & Jisoo Hwang, 2014. "Strategies for Reforming Korea’s Labor Market to Foster Growth," IMF Working Papers 14/137, International Monetary Fund.
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    1. Lone Engbo Christiansen & Huidan Huidan Lin & Joana Pereira & Petia Topalova & Rima Turk, 2016. "Individual Choice or Policies? Drivers of Female Employment in Europe," IMF Working Papers 16/49, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Francesco Grigoli & Zsoka Koczan & Petia Topalova, 2018. "Drivers of Labor Force Participation in Advanced Economies: Macro and Micro Evidence," IMF Working Papers 18/150, International Monetary Fund.

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    Keywords

    Labor markets; Korea; Republic of; Labor force participation; Labor market reforms; Underemployment; Women; labor market duality; female labor force participations; youth employment; reforms; labor market; labor force; employment; unemployment; Positive Analysis of Policy-Making and Implementation; Labor Economics Policies;

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    • D04 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Policy: Formulation; Implementation; Evaluation
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation
    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies

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