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Why do some women participate in the labor force while others stay at home?

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  • Why do some women participate in the labor force while others stay at home?
  • Lee, Mi Jeong
  • Seoul National University(Population and Development Studies Center)


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Title Why do some women participate in the labor force while others stay at home?
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Lee, Mi Jeong

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Population and Development Studies Center)

Date 1997-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korea Journal of Population and Development:vol. 26(no. 2)
Pages 22
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Employment
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

A woman with a high level of education is expected to participate actively in the labor market, according to the supply-side explanation. Due to her high earning potential, the opportunity cost of her staying at home will be greater than in the case of a woman with a low level of education. However, this approach does not seem to work well in explaining work behaviors of Korean women in 1970. In 1970, Korea was in the initial phase of industrialization which began to provide job opportunities for women in areas other than agriculture on a large scale. But, despite the increasing job opportunities, there were few options for well educated women in the labor market. Furthermore, domestic ideology formed by Confucianism prevailed and influenced Korean women’s behaviors. (The rest omitted)