Understanding and Measuring Care

About Understanding and Measuring Care

The Understanding and Measuring Care Cluster is working to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of care work by developing comprehensive measures and methodological approaches and producing new research that illustrates the intersectionality of care provisioning, economic growth and distribution.  Using South Korea as a case study, this cluster will develop and produce research through: 1) an enhanced time use survey questionnaire that captures the intensity of care, the amount of care, and the types of different care-related activities; 2) a quantitative survey that allows for matching of caregivers and care recipients, linking care demand with supply; 3) a qualitative survey to explore the nature of care provisioning; 4) site visits and interviews of organized childcare and eldercare institutions.  The cluster will also produce an extensive estimation of the current Korean care economy and projections on the demand for care in South Korea for 2030.  The qualitative and quantitative research undertaken in South Korea will highlight the need to adequately address the care needs of society and will inform the structure of our gender-aware macromodel and help to estimate a full set of key parameters for it.

Meet Understanding and Measuring Care Researchers

Seung-Eun Cha
Seung-Eun Cha
Associate Professor - University of Suwon
Gretchen Donehower
Gretchen Donehower
Academic Specialist & Researcher - Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging, University of California at Berkeley
Ki-Soo Eun
Ki-Soo Eun
Professor of Sociology and Demography - Seoul National University
Jiweon Jun
Jiweon Jun
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - University of Toronto, Seoul National University
Eunhye Kang
Eunhye Kang
Doctoral Student - Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Kijong Kim
Kijong Kim
Research Scholar - Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
Hyuna Moon
Hyuna Moon
Senior Researcher - Institute of International Affairs, Seoul National University
Ito Peng
Ito Peng
Professor - University of Toronto
Jooyeoun Suh
Jooyeoun Suh
Postdoctoral Fellow - Institute for Women's Policy Research

FEATURED CONTENT

Understanding and Measuring Care POSTS

A Gendered Social Accounting Matrix for South Korea

A social accounting matrix (SAM) is an economy-wide consistent representation of the payments in an economy, linking production, primary factors, and institutions (the latter often split into households, government, and the rest of the world). In the words of Round (2003), “it is a comprehensive, flexible, and dis-aggregated framework which elaborates and articulates the generation
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Glimpse of Family Caregivers’ Context: Actual time vs. Desired time for Care

Attitudes towards family care are changing. Only 27% of Koreans surveyed in 2018 agreed that the family is responsible for elderly family member care. As for population aging, the middle age group of Korean society is becoming a true “Sandwiched Generation” (supporting both unmarried children and elderly parents) due to the longevity increase among elderly
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Family Caregivers’ Elder Care: Understanding Their Hard Time and Care Burden

In response to the imminent aging problem in South Korea, the National Long-Term Care Insurance (NLTCI) system was introduced in 2008. The goal of the NLTCI was to give support to the families who are taking care of their elderly. The burden of family care can be grouped into four broad categories – unpaid and
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Care Arrangement and Caregiving Activities in South Korea: An analysis of 2018 Care Work Family Surveys on Childcare and Eldercare

The rise of the care crisis in South Korea has evolved with Korea’s demographic shifts, increasing female work force participation, and changes in the norms and values of family and care over previous decades. Childcare and eldercare, once regarded as women’s typical role within family, are now gaining more social recognition in the public realm.
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Measuring the Overall Strain of Caregiving: A Multidimensional Approach

Providing care for others, especially for the frail elderly and young children, is one of the most important forms of human work that sustains our existence. However, caregiving is also often challenging and strenuous. Many informal caregivers are known to suffer negative physical, emotional, and social outcomes, and are at risk of losing their own
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