Investing in Youth: Korea

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The series Investing in Youth builds on the expertise of the OECD on youth employment, social support and skills. It covers both OECD countries and key emerging economies. The report on Korea presents new results from a comprehensive analysis of the situation of young people in Korea, exploiting various sources of survey-based and administrative data. It provides a detailed assessment of education, employment and social policies in Korea from an international perspective, and offers tailored recommendations to help improve the school-to-work transition. Earlier reviews in the same series have looked at youth policies in Brazil (2014), Latvia and Tunisia (2015), Australia, Lithuania and Sweden (2016), Japan (2017), Norway (2018), and Finland and Peru (2019).



Youth employment and education in Korea

This chapter provides an overview of the educational, employment and well-being outcomes of young people in Korea. It first outlines Korea’s economic context. It then compares the educational and employment performance of young Koreans with that of young people across OECD countries, focusing on employment, unemployment and educational attainment. The chapter also describes the size and composition of the population of young people who are not in employment, education or training as well as employment quality and skill mismatches. The chapter concludes with information on the life satisfaction and poverty rates among young people.


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