Young-Hwan Byun

Younghwan Byun


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Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 F
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Postadress Institutet för social forskning 106 91 Stockholm

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Researcher at SocPol Unit, SOFI, Stockholm University


Young-hwan earned his BA at Yonsei University, Korea, and defended his doctoral dissertation in political science at the City University of New York Graduate Center in February 2016. Young-hwan’s doctoral dissertation research focuses on middle class decline (or income polarization), a distinctive phenomenon from general income inequality. In his cross-national longitudinal analysis on 22 OECD countries for the period between 1970s and 2010, Young-hwan empirically established the middle class decline in terms of its population share and income security, based on data from the Luxembourg Income Study. His research also offers an alternative political explanation on why some industrialized democracies have experienced dramatic decline of middle class, whereas others have experienced much smaller decline or even expansion of middle class between 1980 and 2010. His explanation challenges existing theories—globalization theory and technological change theory that attribute middle class decline to a common development in industrialized countries. Young-hwan’s post-doctoral research will focus on comparative social policy analysis on newly developed and developing countries, using newly generated datasets by SOFI, such as Social Policy Indicator Database (SPIN) and the East Asian Social Security Dataset (EASSD). In addition, he will further develop his doctoral research theme on middle class, particularly with focus on the changing relationship between middle class and welfare states, the political and social consequence of middle class decline, and social and labor market policies that prevent income polarization.

Senast uppdaterad: 28 september 2020

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