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The effects of structural change and economic liberalisation on gender wage differentials in South Korea and Taiwan

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  • The effects of structural change and economic liberalisation on gender wage differentials in South Korea and Taiwan
  • Seguino, Stephanie
  • Cambridge Political Economy Society


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Title The effects of structural change and economic liberalisation on gender wage differentials in South Korea and Taiwan
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Seguino, Stephanie

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Cambridge Political Economy Society

Date 2000
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Taiwan(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Social Development < Employment
Holding Cambridge Political Economy Society

Abstract

This paper investigates the sources of divergent trends in gender wage differentials in two important newly industrialised economies (NIEs), South Korean and Taiwan. As these economies have entered the ‘post-industrial’ phase of development, gender wage differentials in Taiwan’s manufacturing sector have widened, while in Korea they have narrowed. Decomposition analysis is used to broadly identify sources of change in gender wage differentials. Multivariate regression analysis is relied on to differentiate the impact on the gender wage gap of (1) macro-level policies, (2) institutional factors, and (3) shifts in labour demand and supply. In addition to the predictable effects of several standard supply-side variables, in Taiwan physical capital mobility is found to have contributed to a wider gender earnings gap. Women’s greater concentration in industries where capital is mobile may explain this result. (The rest omitted)