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Determinants of Labor Market Participation and Wages of North Korean Female Refugees in South Korea


Shi‐Eun Yu


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Byung‐Yeon Kim


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Woo‐Taek Jeon


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Seung‐Ho Jung


affiliation not provided to SSRN

June 2012

Asian Economic Policy Review, Vol. 7, Issue 1, pp. 113-129, 2012

Abstract:     
This paper uses data from a survey on 289 North Korean female refugees who arrived in South Korea in 2007 to understand the determinants of their economic adaption in the South Korean labor market. More specifically, we look at the effects of job finding channels and government policies on the labor market participation and wages of these women. We find that job finding through both personal contacts and public employment networks increases the probability of finding employment, but the former, especially job finding through contacts with South Koreans, is the most effective route to finding employment. In addition, jobs with higher wages are acquired in employment attained from South Korean referrals, followed by South Korean government agencies and those from North Korean refugee contacts. We further find that labor market participation is negatively affected by both public benefits and private transfers possibly because of increases in the reservation wages of job seekers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: economic adaptation, female refugee, job finding channel, labor market participation, North Korea

JEL Classification: J21, J31, J61, O15

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Date posted: June 3, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Yu, Shi‐Eun and Kim, Byung‐Yeon and Jeon, Woo‐Taek and Jung, Seung‐Ho, Determinants of Labor Market Participation and Wages of North Korean Female Refugees in South Korea (June 2012). Asian Economic Policy Review, Vol. 7, Issue 1, pp. 113-129, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2073149 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-3131.2012.01224.x

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Shi‐Eun Yu (Contact Author)
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Byung‐Yeon Kim
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Woo‐Taek Jeon
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Seung‐Ho Jung
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