Women's participation in employment in Asia: A comparative analysis of China, India, Japan and South Korea

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Abstract

This study compares the patterns of women s employment in four major Asian economies: China, India, Japan and South Korea. It illuminates how the heterogeneous characteristics of political regimes, institutional arrangements and societal values are manifested in the employment system and human resources of each country. It also reveals the varying cultural, social and institutional forces that prevail, despite similar outcomes of women s employment. The contribution adds to existing knowledge of women s employment through the comparison of four major Asian countries which remains under-explored. It also contributes to the theoretical debates of gender and employment by adopting an interdisciplinary analytical framework that incorporates socio-cultural, politico-economic and institutional perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2249 - 2270
Number of pages22
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume21
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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