An Evaluation of Recent Old-Age Policy Innovations in South Korea

Hee Seung Lee, Douglas A. Wolf

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In 2008, South Korea launched a Basic Old-Age Pension program, which provides income support for the bottom 60% of the population, and a universal Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) program. We investigate the effect of both policies on subjective well-being of the elderly. We use panel data from the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging, with the 2006 data representing the “pretreatment” and the 2008 data the “posttreatment” situations. We use regression methods for purposes of inferring program impacts. Our findings suggest that satisfaction with economic status was slightly improved by LTCI alone, and by LTCI and basic old-age pension in combination, depending on the estimator used. We found no policy impacts on satisfaction with health conditions. The benefits provided by the two programs may be insufficient to raise well-being in the population as a whole; alternatively, the outcomes may have been measured too soon after the policies were implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-730
Number of pages24
JournalResearch on Aging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • international
  • long-term care
  • social support
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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