Double Poverty and Precarious Workers in South Korea

Taehwan Kim

Double Poverty: Class, Employment Type, Gender and Time Poor Precarious Workers in the South Korean Service Economy” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2023. 2176782) is a new research article authored by Taehwan Kim of the Department of Comparative Social Policy, University of Oxford in the UK and Sophia Seung-Yoon Lee of the Department of Social Welfare, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea.

Sophia Lee

The abstract for the paper states:

Double poverty refers to the lack of both time and income. This study analyses precarious workers’ double poverty, focusing on the case of South Korea, where the characteristics of its labour market perpetuate the risk of double poverty. This study set less than two-thirds of the median free time and less than two-thirds of the median income as poverty lines. Using Korean Labour & Income Panel Study data, this article identifies the double poor, experiencing both time and income poverty in the Korean labour market. It then examines the effects of occupational class, employment type, company size, social wage, trade union membership, and gender on double poverty. It is found that double poverty impacts women workers, low-skilled service workers, and non-regular workers. This study contributes to the discussion of precarious work by analysing the double poverty of time and income of precarious workers. Time poverty limits workers’ capacity to escape income poverty as they are unable to work longer and invest in household production or human capital. Consequently, the workers’ lack of time deepens their precarity.

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