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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.43 A Comparison of Income Trajectories Between Working Poor and Working Non-Poor in Seoul Metropolitan Area of Korea: A Latent Growth Model

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Abstract Concerns about working poverty, a traditional topic in the welfare sector, have recently re-emerged and are rapidly expanding due to macro changes, such as the development of automation technology. However, most studies on working poverty are limited by their focus on working poverty as an object of analysis. This study argues that the incomes of the working poor and the working non-poor should be examined from a comparative perspective, especially when the segmentation of the labor market is intensifying. This study therefore aims to prove the different income trajectories of the working poor and the working non-poor in Seoul Metropolitan Area, Korea. Data are obtained from the Korean Labor and Income Panel, which is a longitudinal survey of the labor market and income activities of households and individuals residing in urban areas. This study employs latent growth modeling as one of the longitudinal data analysis techniques used to examine changes over time. Results indicate that the incomes of the working poor and the working non-poor are both increasing. The income growth rate of the working poor is gradually decreasing, whereas that of the working non-poor population is slowly increasing. These outcomes suggest that the income gap between the working poor and the working non-poor is likely to widen. In addition, this work presents significant implications. First, the comparison of the working poor and the working non-poor makes the relative aspects of poverty possible to gauge. Second, the income trajectories of the working poor and the working non-poor are likely to have different operating mechanisms.

Acknowledgements
This work is financially supported by Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) as U-City Master and Doctor Course Grant Program.



So Hyeon Lee, Yonsei University; Up Lim, Yonsei University


Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)