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Labour market dualization, permanent insecurity and fertility: the case of ultra-low fertility in South Korea

Fleckenstein, Timo ORCID: 0000-0002-0154-7644, Lee, Soohyun Christine and Mohun Himmelweit, Sam (2023) Labour market dualization, permanent insecurity and fertility: the case of ultra-low fertility in South Korea. Economy and Society, 52 (2). 298 - 324. ISSN 1469-5766

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Identification Number: 10.1080/03085147.2023.2175449

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between labour market dualization, insecurity and low fertility, through a case study of South Korea, an extreme case of ultra-low fertility where the total fertility rate fell to 0.84 in 2020. It is argued that the long-term nature of the insecurity associated with dualization, as well as its impact on people’s perceptions of present and future insecurity, mark dualization out as a particular phenomenon whose impact on fertility current demographic approaches struggle to fully understand. Rather than restricting the focus to the education-employment transition, we show how permanent insecurity in highly dualized labour markets depresses fertility.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/reso20
Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2023 14:45
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 18:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/117935

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