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The 45th Eastern Economic Association Annual Meetings were held Feb. 28 – March 2, 2019 in New York City. The “Easterns”, as many economists call them, is also considered the

Aerial view of Seoul, South Korea

The major care policies that South Korea currently has in place are the Early Childhood Education and Care Policy, the Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) Program, the Maternity Protection Act, and welfare policies for the disabled. It is well-known idea that social provision can be divided in several types; power, cash, vouchers, time, services, and opportunity, by Gilbert and Neil in their book of Dimensions of Social Welfare Policy.

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June 13-15, I attended the 21st Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, held in Cartagena, Colombia, to present and discuss a draft of an early project output, titled “Care in

Person in wheel chair with caregiver

The Care Work and Economy project has awarded five research teams funding to produce theoretical gender-aware macromodels that incorporate care in the development context.  Each team contributes to one of

ILO Care Work and Care Jobs Report

In June the International Labour Organization released their new report  Care Work and Care Jobs for the Future of Decent Work.  The report analyses the ways in which unpaid care

A female caregiver

South Korea’s childcare model began to develop when the Child Welfare Act (the Act) was first introduced in 1962. Prior to that, no solid policy for childcare existed, as it was a period of political and social turmoil in the country after Korean war (1950-1953). Thanks to the Act, several nursery facilities were built during this period with foreign assistance, yet with a narrow objective of relieving the poor and numerous orphans who lost their parents during the war (Kang, 2002). The Child Welfare Act of 1962 initiated a structured system-level approach to the childcare sector. The Act was still grounded in the notion that families are solely responsible for childrearing unless the children have special needs, in which case government support and protection is warranted.

Baby's hand over mother's hand

Since the 1980s, growth processes have been undermined by inadequate understanding of the interconnection between standard notions of “the economy” and the care economy. The consequences of gender-blind economic policies, and the sorts of growth and distribution dynamics that result, for gender inequalities and care provisioning have been far reaching and complex. They require a deeper understanding of the ways that the invisibility of unpaid care in macroeconomic policy formulation and analysis have led to persistent underinvestment in care provisioning, reproducing and reconfiguring gender hierarchies.