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The effects of the minimum wage on poverty in Korea

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  • Seo, Jiwon; Jeong, Jinook
  • Yonsei Economic Research Institute


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Title The effects of the minimum wage on poverty in Korea
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Seo, Jiwon; Jeong, Jinook

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[Seoul, South Korea] : Yonsei Economic Research Institute

Date 2014
Journal Title; Vol./Issue The Korean Journal of Economics:vol. 21(no. 1)
Pages 21
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Conditions
Holding Yonsei University
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The effects of the minimum wage policy have been controversial in Korea with an increasing gap between the rich and the poor since the Asian financial crisis. Most studies in Korea have focused on the disemployment effects of higher minimum wages and the negative effects of the policy in Korea. This study looks at the possible effects of the minimum wage policy on reducing poverty rates, as measured by the number of people who fall under the defined poverty threshold. We utilize a binary probit model to analyze the Korean Labor and Income Panel Study data and find that a higher hourly minimum wage can reduce the probability of an individual falling under the poverty line.