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Consumption Inequality Worsens in S. Korea amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Consumption Inequality Worsens in S. Korea amid COVID-19 Pandemic

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Consumption inequality in South Korea worsened last year as the coronavirus pandemic undercut “discretionary” spending by lower-income earners due to toughened curbs on gatherings and business operation, a central bank report showed Friday. According to the report by the Bank of Korea, the consumption inequality index — a major [...]

Income Gap Between Employees at Small and Large-sized Companies Growing

Income Gap Between Employees at Small and Large-sized Companies Growing

SEOUL, Apr. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study has revealed that employees of large-sized companies in South Korea make three times as much as workers at small companies with fewer than four staff members, and that the income gap has widened over the last five years. In contrast, Japan has been making efforts to [...]

South Korea’s Income Gap is Worsening

South Korea’s Income Gap is Worsening

SEOUL, Mar. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The polarization of the South Korean economy has been accelerating ever since the country was stricken by the so-called IMF Crisis in 1997, which led to the introduction of neoliberal policies. The income gap among households has further widened over the last 20 years and is now ranked as [...]

S. Korea’s Income Gap Hits Record High in Q4

S. Korea’s Income Gap Hits Record High in Q4

SEJONG, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s household income inequality hit a record high in the fourth quarter of 2018, government data showed Thursday. An average household earned 4.6 million won (US$4,000) per month in the October-December period, up 3.6 percent from the previous year, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea. The [...]

Income Gap Reaches New 10-Year High

Income Gap Reaches New 10-Year High

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The nominal income of South Koreans belonging to the lower 40 percent of income earners in the second quarter of the year indicated the worst-ever drop recorded in the nation’s history when considering all previous second quarter data. Meanwhile, the nominal income belonging to the top 20 percent of [...]