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Recent Developments in Involuntary Unemployment

in Asian Countries: Causes and Policies

 

1. Introduction------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------by Joseph S. Lee

2.Taiwan’s Employment Policy in the 21st Centry ----------------------------------------------by Hou-Sheng Chan

3.Recent Developments in Involuntary Unemployment in Taiwan--------------------------------------by Gee San

4. The Rise of Involuntary Unemployment and the Unemployment
Insurance Programs in Asian Countries: The
Case of Taiwan-------------------------------------by Joseph S. Lee

5.An Analysis of the Re-employment Conditions of the Involuntary
Unemployed Workers in Taiwan
------------------------------------------------by Ching-Long Tasy and Ji-Ping Lin

6. Financial Crisis and Labor Market Outcomes: The Korean Case -----------------------------by Fun-Koo Park

7.Unemployment in Hong Kong: Causes, Characteristics and Policy
Measures
--------------------------------------------------------------------- by Stephen W.K. Chiu and David A. Levin

8.Recent Developments in Involuntary Unemployment in Singapore:
Causes and Policies
-----------------------------------------------------------by Chew Soon Beng and Rosalind Chew

9.Recent Developments in Unemployment in Mainland China-------------------------------------by Linda Wong

10.The Impact of Asian Financial Crisis on the Employment and
Unemployment of Foreign Workers in Asian
Countries --------------------------------by Fr. Graziano Battistella

11.Unemployment and Social Safety Net in Korea-----------------------------------------------by Young-Bum Park

12.Recent Development in Programs in Aid of the Involuntary
Unemployed Workersin Japan
-----------------------------------------------------------------------by Yasuo Kuwahara

 

Preface

During the past forty years, Taiwan’s economy has made such great strides in its development as to be described in the international arena as the “Taiwan Miracle.” Dr. Kwoh-Ting Li has played a key role in Taiwan’s economic development by contributing immensely to this process. The China Technical Consultants, Inc., in order to present their founder’s contribution to Taiwan’s economic development in conjunction with informing other of Taiwan’s economic modernization experience, in constructing the Kwoh-Ting Library and Archives in Dr. Li’s alma mater, National Central University (NCU). The Research Center for Taiwan Economic Development is established for the purpose of promoting research work on Taiwan’s development.

The Research Center has conducted several research projects and organized several national and international conferences on the topics related to Taiwan economic development. This volume is based on the proceeding of the International Conference on “Recent Developments in Involuntary Unemployment in Asian Countries: Causes and Policies”, held on June 14-15,1999. Eleven international scholars and experts in area of unemployment were invited to the conference to present papers on the recent development in involuntary unemployment in their own countries. The reason for holding such a conference is because since the mid-1990s there has been a worldwide reversal of the general trend in unemployment rates. Whilst unemployment figures were previously quite high in Western industries, they are now declining in those countries where flexible labor market policies have been adapted. Conversely in some of the countries throughout the Asian region where unemployment rates were previously very low are now experiencing a steady rise in unemployment. This has caused the concern of many governments. Therefore the Research Center organized such an international conference for the purpose of discussing the causes of the rising involuntary unemployment rates in these Asian countries and policies adopted by government in these countries in dealing with these problems. The conference went well and many people from abroad have requested the proceedings. The Center then decided to publish these papers in a book from for wide circulation. It is our hope that the material included in this book is a useful reference for policy makers and scholars not only for layman in Taiwan, but in other countries as well.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to several persons and organizations for helping us to make this book possible. First I want to thank all of the authors and the participants in this conference, I would also like to thank Dr. Hou-Sheng Chan, Chairman of Council of Labor Affairs, for his organization’s financial support of this conference. Professor Joseph S. Lee, for organizing this conference and for Ms. Emily Chang’s work finalize the book for publication is also acknowledged.