The Effect of a Reduced Statutory Workweek on Familial Long-Term Care in Korea

Erin Hye Won Kim, Changjun Lee, Young Kyung Do

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Objectives: We examine how statutory workweeks affect workers’ provision of long-term care for their non-coresident elderly parents. Method: The Korean government reduced its statutory workweek from 44 to 40 hr, gradually from larger to smaller establishments, between 2004 and 2011. Using multiple regressions, we assess how the reduction affected visits, financial transfers, and in-kind transfers to parents. Annual longitudinal data come from the 2005 to 2013 waves of the Korea Labor and Income Panel Study. Results: The reduction caused an increase in the frequency of visits and in-kind transfers among male workers, with no significant impact on their financial transfers. Among female workers, we found no impact on any outcomes. Discussion: We interpret the findings within the context of developed Asian countries with long work hours and Confucian traditions, and suggest regulating workweeks as a policy tool to encourage familial long-term care in the rapidly aging societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1620-1641
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Korea
  • elder care
  • financial transfers
  • in-kind support
  • statutory work hours
  • time support


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