Inclusive Growth in Seoul, Korea

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This report, undertaken within the framework of the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative, assesses inclusive growth trends and challenges in the Seoul metropolitan area. The analysis goes beyond income to assess the barriers faced by specific groups - non-regular workers, youth, women, the elderly and migrants - across four dimensions: education, labour market, housing and the urban environment, and infrastructure and public services. The study then takes a closer look at two major policy efforts by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to advance inclusive growth. The study analyses the city’s efforts to ensure that strategies to address climate change also protect and benefit the most vulnerable populations, notably through the Promise of Seoul, which puts citizen welfare and social inclusion at the heart of the city’s efforts to tackle climate change. The study also assesses the efforts of city authorities to level the playing field for small firms and entrepreneurs through its Economic Democratisation Agenda.



Inclusive Growth trends and challenges in Seoul

This chapter examines the state of inequalities and inclusive growth in Seoul. It assesses major economic and demographic trends in the Seoul metropolitan area relative to other Korean cities and OECD metropolitan areas. It analyses the challenges facing Seoul inhabitants along four inclusive growth pillars (education; labour markets; housing and the urban environment; infrastructure and public services), focusing on the extent to which certain social groups or inhabitants of specific neighbourhoods face difficulties in fully benefitting from the city’s economic and social opportunities.


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