As reflected in the phrase “Miracle on the Han River,” South Korea experienced unprecedented growth for over three decades from the 1960s. While the rapid economic development propelled the country into the ranks of advanced nations, it also brought sweeping changes to Korean society. Furthermore, many social phenomena and issues have emerged or intensified as a result of a lag in social adjustment after the period of intensive growth and with the introduction of neoliberalism, hyper-globalization, world economic crises, etc. This conference aims to discuss the relationship between economic changes and social conflicts, examine the current trends, and look at the prospects for the future.
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Welcoming Remarks
Seung-kyung Kim, Director, Institute for Korean Studies
Mark Tokola, Vice President, Korea Economic Institute of America
1:10 – 2:00 pm Keynote speaker
Daeil Kim, Seoul National University
"Economic Growth and Demand for Equity : The Case of Korea"
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm Academic Presentations
Jinill Kim, Korea University - "Macroeconomic Performance: What lies ahead?"
Yoonkyung Lee, the University of Toronto - "Labor in Post Post-Industrial Korea"
Yongseok Shin, Washington University - "Korean Business Groups"
Myungji Yang, the University of Hawaii - “From Miracle to Mirage: The Making and Unmaking of the Korean Middle Class, 1960-2010”
Sharon Yoon, Ewha Womans University - “The Organizational Culture of the Chaebol and Workplace Inequality: Stunted Mobilities of Korean Chinese Employees in a Beijing Subsidiary”
3:45 – 4:15 pm Music Performance
4:30 – 5:45 pm Policy Discussion
Darcie Draudt, Johns Hopkins University
Taejoon Lah, Yonsei University
Wonjae Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Troy Stangarone, Korea Economic Institute in America
Moderator: Lee Feinstein, HLS Dean