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2021-22
Korea-US Policy Dialogue:

Economic Inequality and the Future of the Middle Class

  • Date
    • August 30(Tue.) - August 31(Wed.) 2022 (KST)
    • August 29(Mon.) - August 30(Tue.) 2022 (EDT)
  • Host
DATE KST(EDT) PROGRAM
Day 1
August 30(KST) | August 29(EDT)
09:00-09:10
(20:00-20:10)
Opening Remarks (Dean Jong-Il You, KDI School of Public Policy and Management)
Session1: The Middle Class in the 21st century in South Korea and the USA
(Chair : Prof. Kwang-Yeong Shin, ChungAng University)
09:10-09:30 (20:10-20:30) Rebuilding the Middle Class: Political Economy, Technological Change, and the Future of Work (Chair : Prof. Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina)
09:30-09:50 (20:30-20:50) Work and Employment among the Middle Class in Korea (Prof. Hyunji Kwon, Seoul National University)
09:50-10:10 (20:50-21:10) The Changes in the Economic Conditions of the Korean Middle Income Group in the 2010s'
(Prof. Sungkyun Lee, University of Ulsan & Prof. Heeju Shin , Catholic University)
10:10-10:30
(21:10-21:30)
Q&A with Discussion
Session2: New Challenges for the Middle Class
(Chair : Prof. Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina)
10:40-11:00
(21:40-22:00)
The captive middle class: Rising debt and volatility of the middle class in South Korea (Prof. Kwang-Yeong Shin, ChungAng University)
11:00-11:20
(22:00-22:20)
Obstacles to Middle-Class Pay Growth in Rich Democracies (Prof. Lane Kenworthy, University of California-San Diego)
11:20-11:40
(22:20-22:40)
Trends in Academic Achievement of Children from Middle-Class Families in the United States and South Korea: 1995 to 2019 (Prof. Soo-yong Byun, The Pennsylvania State University.)
11:40-12:00
(22:40-23:00)
How Gangnam Became a Stronghold of Conservatism: Wealth, Local Identity, and Conservative Voting (Prof. Myungji Yang, University of Hawaii)
12:00-12:20 (23:00-23:20) Q&A with Discussion
Day 2
August 31(KST) | August 30(EDT)
Sessions3: Perception of the Turbulent World of the Middle Class
(Chair: Prof. Lane Kenworthy, University of California-San Diego)
09:00-09:20 (20:00-20:20) Converging Narratives amid “Diverging Destinies” in South Korea (Prof. Young-Mi Kim , Yonsei University)
09:00-09:40 (20:00-20:40) “Navigating an Uncertain Future: How American Young Adults Narrate their Experiences of Economic Insecurity and Social Upheaval in the 21st Century” (Prof.Jennifer Silva, Indiana University)
09:40-10:00 (20:40-21:00) Perception of Social Mobility in South Korea (Prof. Bongoh Kye, Kookmin University)
10:00-10:20
(21:00-21:20)
Q&A with Discussion

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