This book examines the value Korean employers and workers place on stable employment with a focus on the workers' want for more desirable transition outcomes as modified by various individual and structural factors, particularly labor market structure. Results of the analysis show that internal labor market structure has increased employment stability and the desirability of transition outcomes in Korea over time. Korea's industrialization has enabled internal labor market structure to mature to a level that has increased employment stability and the desirability of transition outcomes. This implies that Korea has experienced industrialization in such a short period that internal labor market structure has not matured enough to influence the ways in which other factors affect employment transition patterns. Results of the effects of labor market structure and other factors on employment transition patterns imply that Korea's industrialization has had mixed effects on workers' economic and social well-being. On the one hand, it has improved the overall level of workers' well being, yet on the other hand, it has increased heterogeneity in well being among different types of workers.
Dr. Kim is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Social Studies Education at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University.
Chapter 1 List of Figures Chapter 2 List of Tables Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Introduction: Sociological Questions; Trend of Employment Transitions in Korea; Outline of the Study Chapter 5 Economic Development and Employment Transitions in Korea: 1953-1960: Underdeveloped Economy; 1961-1971: Primary EOI; 1972-1986: Secondary EOI; 1987-1996: Political Democratization; Effects of Time on Employment Transition Patterns Chapter 6 Theories on Employment Transitions: Mechanisms of Employment Transitions; Labor Market Structure; Human Capital; Gender; Organization-Level Characteristics; Time; Conclusion Chapter 7 Research Methods on Employment Transitions: Introduction; Data Source; Creating Data; Statistical Models; Operationalizing Independent Variables: Individual-Level Variables; Structure-Level Variables; Time-Level Variables; Interaction Terms; Vari Chapter 8 Employment Stability: Working Hypotheses; Results of Analysis: Labor Market Structure; Human Capital; Gender; Organization-Level Characteristics; Time; Cohort and Employment Duration; Conclusion Chapter 9 Desirability of Transition Outcomes: Working Hypotheses; Results of Analysis: Labor Market Structure; Human Capital; Gender; Organization-Level Characteristics; Time; Cohort and Employment Duration; Conclusion Chapter 10 Conclusion: Summary: Labor Market Structure; Other Factors; Comparisons with Previous Research and Implications; Implications of Results for Sociological Questions; Limitations of the Study; Future Research Agenda Chapter 11 Appendix A Chapter 12 Appendix B Chapter 13 Appendix C Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 Index Chapter 16 About the Author