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South Korean Occupational Wage Survey: 1971, 1976, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 (ICPSR 24621)

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South Korea's Occupational Wage Survey (OWS) is an annual business establishment survey conducted since 1970 by South Korea's Ministry of Labor. The dataset contains detailed information on individual workers' earnings, hours worked, educational attainment, actual labor market experience, occupation, industry, and region. The surveyed establishments must employ at least ten workers and were selected by a stratified random sampling method. Because they exclude workers in small enterprises, the self-employed, family workers, temporary workers, and public sector workers, the surveys represent approximately one-half of South Korea's total nonagricultural labor force. The samples for each year are randomly drawn from the original surveys. The surveys cover all industries up through 1986. After 1986, agriculture, forestry, hunting, and fishing are excluded. This change in sampling procedure does not appear to cause a significant change in the types of nonfarm enterprises covered by the survey.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  1971 Data - Download All Files (74.9 MB)
DS2:  1976 Data - Download All Files (17.9 MB)
DS3:  1980 Data - Download All Files (173.9 MB) large dataset
DS4:  1983 Data - Download All Files (254.1 MB) large dataset
DS5:  1986 Data - Download All Files (264.8 MB) large dataset
DS6:  1989 Data - Download All Files (20.9 MB)
DS7:  1992 Data - Download All Files (28.6 MB)
DS8:  1994 Data - Download All Files (30.1 MB)
DS9:  1996 Data - Download All Files (30.2 MB)
DS10:  1998 Data - Download All Files (235.7 MB) large dataset

Study Description


Rodgers, Yana. South Korean Occupational Wage Survey: 1971, 1976, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998. ICPSR24621-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-12-14. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24621.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (9510161)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   businesses, industries, labor force, occupations, wages and salaries, working hours

Smallest Geographic Unit:   country

Geographic Coverage:   South Korea

Time Period:  

  • 1971
  • 1976
  • 1980
  • 1983
  • 1986
  • 1989
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 1996
  • 1998

Date of Collection:  

  • 1971
  • 1976
  • 1980
  • 1983
  • 1986
  • 1989
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 1996
  • 1998

Universe:   Business establishments in South Korea that employ at least ten workers.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   Stratified random sampling.

Mode of Data Collection:   on-site questionnaire

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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