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Earnings differences in the South Korean labor market : Decomposing the gender wage gap, 1988-98

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  • Earnings differences in the South Korean labor market
  • Turner, Charlie G.; Turner, Elizabeth Monk
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Title Earnings differences in the South Korean labor market
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Decomposing the gender wage gap, 1988-98

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Turner, Charlie G.; Turner, Elizabeth Monk

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[Seoul]:Seoul Journal of Economics

Date 2006
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Seoul Journal of Economics:vol. 19(no. 3)
Pages 16
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Macroeconomics
Social Development < Employment
Social Development < Gender
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

We examine gender differences in earnings among South Korean workers in 1988 and 1998. In 1988, the South Korean National Assembly enacted the Equal Employment Opportunity Act. Using OWS data, we explore the gender wage gap. Following Ronald Oaxaca's (1973) work, we decompose male female wage differentials. We also calculate a discrimination coefficient. Our work shows that gender earning differences decreased between 1988 and 1998. In 1988, men enjoyed a wage that was 208% of women's wages. In 1998, men earned a wage that was only 165% of women's wages. While men continue to earn a higher wage than women in South Korea, the wage gap has improved over time.