Min-a JungPhotograph of Min-a-Jung

MSW in Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, US
MA in Sociology, Korea University, Korea
BA in Sociology & English Language and Literature, Korea University, Korea

email : sop12mj@sheffield.ac.uk

Thesis title / scope of research

The Impact of the Minimum Wage on Older Workers in South Korea

As the strong trend towards early retirement throughout the 1970s and 1980s came to an end in the mid-1990s and during the 2000s, participation in the labour force and employment rates among older workers have significantly increased. However, older workers are more likely to be engaged in low-wage jobs such as part-time or limited-term contracts, as bridge jobs, phasing into retirement. In these circumstances, a minimum wage could be a crucial policy for the income of older adults, influencing their earnings and employment status. Despite such importance of the possible impacts of a minimum wage on a person’s later life and extensive body of literature on the effects of minimum wages, a study focusing on the impacts of minimum wage on older workers is rarely found. This study examines the effects of minimum wages on employment, earnings and poverty which are major issues in the current minimum wage debates, focusing on older workers aged 50 and older. The main purpose of this study are (1) to fill the gap in the literature with regard to the impacts of minimum wages on older workers, (2) to seek an alternative way to understand the impacts of minimum wage, and (3) to shed light on practical and policy implications.


  • Professor Alan Walker

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • paid work in later life
  • welfare regime and social policy
  • comparative research on ageing and work

Work experience

I worked for the Korea Labor Institute as a research intern from 2010 to 2011 and also for the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College, US as a PhD student researcher from 2007 to 2009.