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Female heads of household in low-income Korean families under the IMF economic crisis

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  • Female heads of household in low-income Korean families under the IMF economic crisis
  • Park, Mee Hae; Ok, Sun Hwa
  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Female heads of household in low-income Korean families under the IMF economic crisis
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Park, Mee Hae; Ok, Sun Hwa

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2005-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 34(no. 2)
Pages 17
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Conditions
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This research analyzes the emotional and economic situation faced by low-income, female heads of households at the time of the IMF crisis. We examined two groups of women, those who became the primary wage earners in their families as a direct result of the IMF crisis and those who did so before the crisis, and investigated the differences between the two groups. According to the results of this research, the two groups showed numerous differences on many levels. Those who became primary wage earners after the IMF crisis were high school or university graduates, with a higher proportion of them in their 30’s, followed by those in their 40’s, and half were still living with their spouses. The reasons behind their becoming the chief breadwinners of their families included divorce, the husbands’ sudden lay-offs or financial incompetence for supporting the family, and separation from their spouses. Female heads of household after the IMF crisis typically experienced severe financial difficulties due to the lower wages they earned through part-time work. (The rest omitted)