Chang Hyun Seo: Studying how the welfare state’s characteristics and capacity influence its citizen’s life during the pandemic with focus on employment and financial hardship

Chang Hyun Seo

Title

Studying how the welfare state’s characteristics and capacity influence its citizen’s life during the pandemic with focus on employment and financial hardship

Mentor

Chang Hyun Seo

Department

Social Work

Bio sketch

Chang Hyun Seo is an assistant professor of the School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020. Before joining the University of Nevada, Reno in 2021, Chang Hyun conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research focuses on poverty, inequality, the welfare state, and quantitative data analysis. Specifically, his research interests identify relationships of welfare state characteristics with economic well-being, employment security, human capital, and income maintenance policy in the working poor, unemployed people, and their dependents. He also pursues a research agenda to enhance the support and protection of the working poor and unemployed.

Project overview

This project uses secondary data to identify the causality between the welfare state's characteristics and the COVID-19 response since the Pandemic. Also, the project will measure the welfare state's capacity to respond to the Pandemic and find how its characteristics and capacity affected its citizens' lives during the Pandemic, especially employment and financial hardship (economic and food insecurity).

The incoming student will familiarize themselves with the social science (work) research process, especially quantitative research methods. Also, the incoming student will become familiar with secondary data analysis using statistical software, such as SPSS, R, HLM, and AMOS.