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A growing concern in many countries is an aging population and an increase in the number of elderly in need of long-term care (LTC). However, the economic and welfare implications

Researchers at Meeting in South Korea

The Care Work and the Economy (CWE-GAM) Project partner Seoul National University (SNU) launched the new Centre for Transnational Migration and Social Inclusion this September. The Centre hopes to ensure

Ipek IIkaracan Presenting Paper at Conference

CONTRIBUTORS İpek İlkkaracan, EMEL MEMIS, KIJONG KIM, TOM MASTERSON, and  Ajit Zacharias Feminist economists have long emphasized the recognition, reduction and redistribution of unpaid care work (the so-called 3R strategy)

Cem Oyvat presenting paper at conference

According to the Global Gender Gap Index of the World Economic Forum (2018), South Korea is one of the lowest ranked countries in the world in terms of “Economic Participation

Gonzalez Garcia presenting his model at American University

The dramatic increase in life expectancy in most developed and developing countries over the last few decades has led to renewed discussions around elderly care policy options, and the debates

Woman helping young child

The importance of public investment and adequate care policies for gender equality has come to the forefront of the policy agenda in recent years. The Sustainable Development Goals framework for

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2019 Care Work and the Economy Annual Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland The Care Work and the Economy (CWE-GAM) held its 2nd Annual Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland on June 30-July 2,

Hyun Lim Lee, kindergarten teacher and organizer for the Childcare Workers Chapter of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, stood in front of the room full of civil society organization

Financial inclusion has been adopted as a developmental strategy with the roll-back of the developmental state under the neoliberal policy regime. As a result, mainstream private finance has utilized microcredit

Girl playing with bubbles

The global financial crisis that began in 2008 resulted in the widespread destruction of jobs. Effects were felt disproportionately among subordinate racial groups and women. While mainstream analyses emphasize regulatory

Gendering Fiscal Policy

The importance of public physical infrastructure in stimulating productivity and economic performance is embraced by most economists. However, there is less awareness that public spending in health, social care, education,

5 researchers speaking on a panel with the CWE-GAM Working Paper Series Logo

This paper presents a conceptual Kaleckian macroeconomic model and empirical analysis that link structures of economic growth and development with those of social reproduction and gender inequality.

James Heintz speaking to audience.

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.

Abstract map of the world

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.