Song, Jiyeoun

Full-Time Professor

Song, Jiyeoun / 宋枝燕

Professor of Political Economy

Office : Room 614, Bldg. 140-1

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Jiyeoun Song is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University (SNU). Professor Song’s research lies at the intersection of comparative political economy and social welfare policy, with a regional focus on East Asia. It examines several related themes: the politics of labor market reform, the diverging paths of social welfare policies under the pressure of socio-demographic challenges, and the political economy of social and economic development. She is the author of Inequality in the Workplace: Labor Market Reform in Japan and Korea (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014) and articles in Governance, Social Policy & Administration, Asian Survey, Journal of East Asian Studies, and other outlets. Professor Song’s teaching at SNU focuses on comparative political economy in advanced industrialized countries and East Asia, social and economic development, and international development and cooperation. Before coming to SNU, she has served as an advanced research fellow with the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University, a postdoctoral fellow with the Korea-Pacific Program at IR/PS, UCSD, an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma (Norman, USA), and an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, Sogang University (Seoul, Korea). She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, and the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, University of Tokyo. Professor Song has earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University (Cambridge, USA), and her M.A. and B.A. degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Korea University (Seoul, Korea).

  • In English:

    • Book :
    • Inequality in the Workplace: Labor Market Reform in Japan and Korea (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014)
    • Peer-Reviewed Articles:
    • “Activating Women in the Labor Market: The Development of South Korea’s Female-Friendly Employment and Labor Market Policies,” Korea Observer 47:3 (autumn 2016), pp. 559-596
    • “The Politics of Immigrant Incorporation Policies in Korea and Japan,” Asian Perspective 40:1 (January-March 2016), pp. 1-26
    • “Economic Empowerment of Women as the Third Arrow of Abenomics,” Journal of International and Area Studies 22:1 (June 2015), pp. 113-128
    • “Development of Public-Funded Social Care in Japan and Korea: Policy Linkage between Social Care Programs and Labor Market Policies,” Korea Observer 46:2 (summer 2015), pp. 265-294
    • “Japan’s Regional Inequality in Hard Times,” Pacific Focus 30:1 (April 2015), pp. 126-149
    • “Labor Markets, Care Regimes, and the Immigration Policy in East Asia,” Social Policy & Administration, 49:3 (May 2015), pp. 376-393
    • “The Politics of Family Policies in Korea,” Korea Observer 43:2 (summer 2012), pp. 209-31
    • “Economic Distress, Labor Market Reforms, and Dualism in Japan and Korea,” Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions 25:3 (July 2012), pp. 415-38
    • “The Diverging Political Pathways of Labor Market Reform in Japan and Korea.” Journal of East Asian Studies 12:2 (May-August 2012), pp. 161-91
    • “Japan’s Labor Market Reform after the Collapse of the Bubble Economy: Political Determinants of Regulatory Changes,” Asian Survey 50:6 (November/December 2010), pp. 1011-31
    • Book Chapter:
    • “Enterprise Unions and the Segmentation of the Labor Market: Labor, Unions, and Corporate Restructuring in Korea,” in Byung-Kook Kim, Eun Mee Kim, and Jean C. Oi, eds., Adapt, Fragment, Transform: Corporate Restructuring and System Reform in South Korea (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2012), pp. 235-78
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