Labor Market Outcomes of Youth and Women in Newly Industrialized and Developing Countries

by Sung-Bou Kim

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This dissertation includes three essays that empirically examine the effects of exogenous shocks and labor market policies on employment, wages, and human capital development of youth and women. The first two essays focus on Korea, a newly industrialized country that depends heavily on trade, while the third essay examines two sub-Saharan African countries, Liberia and Malawi.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Wage Inequality, Innovation, and Human Capital Development: Assessing the Differential Impact of the Great Recession on Korean Firms

  • Chapter Three

    The Impacts of an Affirmative Action Program on Women's Employment Outcomes in Korea

  • Chapter Four

    Gender Earnings Gap among the Youth in Liberia and Malawi

  • Chapter Five

    Conclusion

  • Chapter Six

    References

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in September 2017 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Shanthi Nataraj (Chair), Howard Shatz, and Francisco Perez-Arce.

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