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Widening gap in college admission and improving equal opportunity in South Korea

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  • Widening gap in college admission and improving equal opportunity in South Korea
  • Kim,Young-Chul; Kim, Young-Joon; Loury, Glenn C.
  • Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs


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Title Widening gap in college admission and improving equal opportunity in South Korea
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Kim,Young-Chul; Kim, Young-Joon; Loury, Glenn C.

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[Providence, U.S.]:Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Date 2014-04
Series Title; No Watson institute for international studies research paper / 2014-11
Pages 25
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education
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Abstract

As private education becomes widespread over the last decade in South Korea, the education gap among regions and social classes, noticeably widens. The recent global financial crisis exacerbates the problem as the rich continues to utilize more private education while the poor utilizes it less. For the first time, we confirm the widening gap in academic achievement and college admission in recent years by using source materials on Korea’s College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) and students admitted to Seoul National University (SNU). We also present a simple theory that suggests as the influence of socioeconomic background and educational environment on the entrance exam score rises over that of innate talents, labor productivity of overall society appears to decline. (The rest omitted)