The projects in the lab address four aspects of economic inequality
measurement, causes, consequences and remedies. First, the lab will supplement existing measures of income and wealth
inequality, particularly by developing the Distributional National Accounts which combine existing measures of inequality
and National Accounts.
Secondly, the lab will examine how changes in economic conditions, which often accompany the transformation of labor markets, political institutions and policy choices and the welfare state regime, have affected economic inequality in Korea.
Third, the lab explores the political and social consequences of deepening economic inequality in terms of political preferences and behavior of the public.
Finally, the lab explores alternative social policies to reduce inequality through the welfare and tax system.
During the five-year research period and an additional three-year period for publication, the lab plans to publish ten monographs with major academic presses and 38 articles in SSCI-indexed journals. The lab will simultaneously publish English and Korean versions of research outcomes, which will promote scholarly exchanges between domestic and foreign scholars and provide valuable resources to policy-makers. By closely collaborating and interacting with top-rate global scholars working on inequality, the lab members will increase their visibility, disseminate their research results widely, and contribute to the globalization of Korean studies.