Care Work and the Economy is currently working to better understand and measure care work in South Korea, and develop country-specific tools that model gendered behavior both in market and non-market sectors (including care sectors) to fully capture gendered distributional effects of policies.

To ensure that the research methodologies, approaches, and tools developed in the project are sustained and built on and to promote the use of gender-aware data and analytical tools in developing countries, Care Work and the Economy is:

1) Developing a week-long training course in 2020 for government officials, statisticians, and researchers from developing countries to enhance their skills in estimating their care economies and developing gender-sensitive macroeconomic models for policy analysis in their own countries;

2) Actively engaging research partners in developing countries to explore collaborative partnerships to adapt and contextualize our research methods and approaches to replicate our work in their own country.


South Korea

Empirical evidence based on the South Korean economy suggests that the current structure of the paid care sector, rigid work arrangements, and entrenched gender norms may have pushed the South Korean economy into a state in which there are tensions between promoting women’s labor force participation and gender equality on one hand and meeting the growing demand for caregiving on the other.


Ki-Soo Eun

Professor of Sociology and Demography

Seoul National University

Portrait of Eunhye Kang

Doctoral Student

Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University

Hyuna Moon

Senior Researcher

Institute of International Affairs, Seoul National University