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Joy (Jeounghee) Kim

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Social Work | Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; Master in Social Work | University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; B.A. in Social Welfare | Busan National University, Busan, South Korea

Dr. Kim’s research interests include low-wage work and nonstandard employment, direct care and service occupations, policy interventions for low-wage labor markets, and policy analysis.

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Joy (Jeounghee) Kim studies labor market inequalities and the job qualities and economic securities of low-wage workers. She situates labor market inequalities within the neoliberal labor market and the work-first welfare system of the United States and examines how individual labor market outcomes are determined not only by their human capital and personal choices but also by structural factors such as employment policy, labor market intermediaries, and employer practices. She recognizes that those structural factors have increasingly undermined traditional employment relationships and the job qualities and economic securities of vulnerable workers and their families. Specifically, she examines the effects of (1) the Fair Labor Standards Act, (2) employment arrangement, (3) membership in a union or worker organization, (4) job training and occupational credentialing, and (5) employers’ compliance with labor standards on various indicators of job quality and economic security of low-wage workers. Recently, she has been focusing on direct care and service occupations - one of the lowest-paid, most female-dominant jobs in the country - to examine how structural factors such as informal employment arrangements, occupational credentialing, and third-party payer systems of the industry influence the earnings and employment benefits of direct care and child care workers. Her research aims to inform the employment and welfare policies designed to improve the lives of low-wage workers and their families.

Courses Taught: 

  • Social Welfare Policies and Services I (MSW)
  • Advanced Contemporary Policy: Economic Justice for Families and Communities (MSW)
  • Women's Issues (MSW)
  • Social Policy Analysis (Ph.D.)
  • Research Development Seminar (Ph.D.)

Selected Recent Publications: 

Kim, J. (In press). Violations of the U.S. minimum wage laws: A method of wage theft. Journal of Economic Issues.

Kim, J. & Allmang, S. (2021). Wage theft in the United States: Towards new research agendas. The Economic and Labour Relations Review.

Kim, J. & Liu, F-Y. (2021). Maternal nonstandard work schedules and the use of multiple and center-based childcare. Children and Youth Services Review. 

Kim, J. & Belzer, A. (2021). Return on investment for Adult Basic Education: Existing evidence and future directions. Adult Education Quarterly.

Kim, J. (2020). Occupational credentials and job qualities of direct care workers: Implications for labor shortages.  Journal of Labor Research.

Kim, J. & Joo, M. (2020). Effects of direct certification of National School Lunch Program. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 11(3).

Kim, J. (2020).  Informal employment and earnings of home-based home care workers in the United States. Industrial Relations Journal. 51(4), 283-300.

Kim, J. & Chatterji, S. (2020). Gender and educational variations in earnings premiums of occupational credentials. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy. 20(3), 1-21.

Belzer, A. & Kim, J. (2020). The cost of a dollars and cents rationale for Adult Basic Education policy. Chapter 19 Adult Basic, GED, and Literacy Education. 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education.

Kim, J. & Wang, S. (2019). Head Start availability and supply gap of childcare slots: A New Jersey study. Children and Youth Services Review, 104.

Belzer, A., & Kim, J. (2018).  We are what we do: Adult basic education should be about more than employability. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 61(6), 603-608

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