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The KSPS-Gachon Korea Inequality Research Lab(KIRL) was

Initially launched in December 2018, with a generous five-year grant (December 2018-December 2023)
from the Korean Studies Promotion Service at the Academy of Korean Studies.
The lab is committed to developing new theories and empirical findings on the causes
and consequences of inequality and proposing alternative social policies.


For this purpose, the lab promotes collaborative research among 15 top-level domestic and international scholars.
Based on the multidisciplinary approach in the fields of economics, politics and public policy, the lab conducts comparative
studies of inequality, focusing on Korea. The lab aims to place Korean studies at the center of new cutting-edge research on
inequality, comparing Korea with neighboring countries such as Japan and Taiwan and the Western welfare states.