Labor Market Duality in Korea

A new IMF report says that “Labor market duality in Korea is a complex issue, which encompasses various types of non-regular workers. Nonetheless, it is particularly prominent among SMEs and in the service sector and disproportionately affects women, the elderly and youth. On a macro level it has likely contributed to increasing inequality, low fertility rates and declining productivity growth. The two main drivers behind duality are various employment protection legislations and large productivity differentials in the product market. A general equilibrium search-and-matching model is applied to model duality and simulate the impact of flexicurity policies. It finds that a well-calibrated introduction of flexicurity could address a number of issues that Korea is facing, such as reducing duality and inequality, and raising productivity and welfare. For this it would be crucial to implement all three pillars to ensure gains are distributed among all individuals.”


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Labels: Unemployment


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