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A Study on the Methodological Preferences in Poverty Research Trend: Utilizing Qualitative Methods for the Study of Multidimensional Nature and Dynamics of Poverty

JO, JOON YONG 1

1한림대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study discusses the current trend of poverty research in Korea with special emphasis on revealing preferences in quantitative methods for the study of multidimensional nature and dynamics of poverty. Korea's poverty research trend has changed from the analysis of static poverty to dynamics poverty, of which trend was expedited by the establishment of quantitative panel data since the late 1990s. While the quantitative poverty research was successful in providing statistical generalization of determinants factors associated with in-and-out of poverty, it had some limitations in delivering the other side of poverty story, including individual experiences, insights into people's attitude, and the context of life changes. Recently, qualitative research has been recognized by its contribution to the holistic understanding of poverty which may leads to theoretical generalization. Qualitative method can also bridge the gap between quantitative and ualitative studies, and be combined with quantitative method to become a mixed method,which may strengthen both methods in a complementary way. In this perspective, utilizing qualitative longitudinal method based on qualitative panel data linked to Korean Welfare Panel Study(KOWEPS) could be an alternative way to balance methodological orientations under current strong quantitative positions in poverty research trend. Finally, this study explores qualitative-longitudinal inquiries that link to relevant research topics for multidimensional nature and dynamics of poverty.

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