This study explores the appropriate fiscal role of the Korean government given the newly emerging socio-economic trends such as information/knowledge-based society.
The rapid and radical transformations in the previous century will persist into the 21st century with new opportunities and uncertainties constantly taking place. Soci0-economic policies that can facilitate virtuous interactions among technology, economy and society must be actively implemented to sustain Korea’s balanced growth.
One of the major factors that will significantly affect Korea over the next several decades is the aging of the population, which generally has a negatively effect on national fiscal conditions by weakening the tax base and increasing the social burden of taking care of the elderly group. Korea’s population is aging particularly rapidly, actually much faster than many advanced economies, which makes the design and implementation of sound policies to deal with the issue one of the most pressing tasks facing the country.
Transition to an information/knowledge society is also going to significantly influence Korea’s future fiscal operations. Rules and social institutions that had accommodated the industrial age are likely to become outdated and even counterproductive in the future, changed environment. In the knowledge society, education will gain increasing importance as the platform for creating and acquiring new information, knowledge and technology. Establishing systems to assist educational institutions in gaining competitiveness is also of utmost importance.
An analysis found that Korea’s degree of income distribution inequality has worsened since the 1997 foreign exchange crisis. The Gini coefficient, an indicator of income inequality, calculated for Korea’s urban working households rose from 2.8 to 3.0 after the crisis, while the low-income population has also increased. The higher income inequality of urban workers was mainly due to the reduction in the number of those employed, which suggests the government’s efforts to create jobs as the most important policy to improve the current income distribution.
2001년도 국가예산과 정책목표(National budget and policy objectives of 2001)
경제사회여건변화와 재정의 역할(Socio-economic changes in Korea and fiscal roles of the government)
|Series Title; No||연구보고서|
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Economy < Financial Policy|
|Holding||한국개발연구원; KDI 국제정책대학원|