Gender Inequality and Economic Growth in Korea

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Abstract

Calibrating an endogenous-growth model to Korean data, we analyse the impact of gender inequality in Korea on long-term economic growth. We find that gender equality policies that lower discrimination in the labour market or that increase the time spent by a father on childrearing can contribute positively to female labour market participation and per capita income growth. The simulation results show that when the disparities between men and women at home and in the labour market are completely removed, the female labour force participation rate increases from 54.4 to 67.5%, and the growth rate in per capita income rises from 3.6 to 4.1% on average over a generation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPacific Economic Review
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Aerospace Engineering

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