The Korea-America Economic Association

The ASSA 2018

The 2018 Allied Social Science Association annual meetings will be held in Philadelphia, PA on January 5-7, 2018 (Friday-Sunday). The KAEA will sponsor three sessions, workshop, forum, business meeting, and job fair during these events.

AEA Conference Website

International Economic Journal

Dear KAEA friends:

Hope you are doing well. This is Sunghyun Kim at Sungkyunkwan University. As a long-time KAEA member, I would like to make an announcement/advertisement regarding an academic journal. I recently took over the International Economic Journal (IEJ) as Editor-in-Chief. This journal is associated with the Korean International Economic Association (KIEA), published by Taylor & Francis. General journal information is available at

As some of you may know, IEJ has a long-standing relationship with KAEA. The journal used to have two co-editors (one from KIEA and the other from KAEA) and have active participation by the KAEA members as Associate Editors, referees, and authors. I remember that Prof. Sunwoong Kim at Wisconsin-Milwaukee was the last co-editor from KAEA. In the past several years, however, this relationship has disappeared and the journal has basically no submission by the KAEA members.

As a new Editor, I would like to reinstate this relationship and promote a close relationship between IEJ and KAEA. As a first step, I recruited a number of prominent KAEA members as Associate Editors for the Journal. You can find the full list of Editorial Board members on the journal website. Next step is to promote more submissions from the KAEA members. I would personally give close attention to the papers submitted by the KAEA members and provide fast turnaround time. Please note that the paper has to go through regular refereeing process. Currently, KAEA does not have its own academic journal, unlike many other academic associations, and IEJ can be a promising outlet of your papers. I believe that submission by the KAEA members would improve the journal quality as well.

IEJ is currently a Scopus-cited journal and we plan to start the process of getting into SSCI journal list soon. All submission is done through ScholarOne online submission system and it is currently free. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have and I look forward to continuous and strong relationship between IEJ and KAEA. Thank you.


Sunghyun Henry Kim
International Economic Journal


Call for Papers (KER International Conference)

The Korean Economic Review (KER) International Conference sponsored jointly by the Korea-America Economic Association (KAEA) and the Korean Economic Association (KEA) will be held as follows.

  • Date: August 8-9, 2019
  • Venue: Sogang University, Seoul, Korea
  • Submission Deadline:  April 21, 2019 (in US EST)

The KAEA is soliciting a broad range of topics in economics and related areas. The KEA will provide financial support to each presenter of accepted papers to cover the travel expenses (partial or full) up to KRW 1,000,000 and hotel accommodation for three nights.

Please submit your completed paper with an abstract of 200-300 words, including the JEL codes, to Vice President Hyungsik Moon by e-mail at  Extended abstracts will also be considered, but the submission with a completed paper will have a higher chance of acceptance. All submitted papers will be reviewed by the anonymous referees selected by the KAEA and the KEA. To be considered for inclusion in the conference program, all papers must be submitted by April 21. Acceptance decision should be made by May 10, and the authors will be notified by email. You must be a KAEA lifetime member or have been an annual member for the previous two years (2018 and 2019) to submit a manuscript. Your membership status will be reviewed before an acceptance decision is made and no exceptions will be made regarding the membership policy. Due to the expected high volume of submissions this year, priority will be given to young scholars and those who have not participated in the past two years.


Call for Papers (SEA-KAEA)

The annual meeting of the Southern Economic Association will be held at Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, November 23-25, 2019 (Saturday to Monday). The KAEA plans to organize multiple sessions at the SEA conference. At least one session will be focused on the economic issues about South Korea, North Korea, or East Asian Economies. However, papers on more general topics will be welcome as well.

Submit a manuscript or an extended abstract, including JEL codes, by e-mail to the KAEA session organizer, Kyoo il Kim at no later than March 18th (Monday). Abstracts of papers, without the full paper, will also be considered but preference will be given to full papers. Acceptance will be notified by March 25th.

If your paper has been accepted, you should submit your final version by October 15th for review by other participants. Submissions from young scholars are strongly encouraged. Submission fees ($35) will be waived as a part of a KAEA session.

For general questions about the conference, please go to the SEA conference website

KAEA-ASSA 2019 Program

Click the link for the KAEA-ASSA 2019 program in Atlanta, Georgia: KAEA-ASSA 2019 Program 


The KAEA is pleased to announce that Dr. Donggyu Sul (University of Texas at Dallas) is going to receive the 2019 Maekyung-KAEA Economist Award for his professional achievement. The award ceremony will be held during the Annual Meeting of the KAEA at Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, at 6:00 pm, January 5, 2019. Congratulations!

Donggyu Sul is professor of economics at the University of Texas at Dallas since 2009. He was a senior lecturer and then an associate professor at the University of Auckland (2000-09), following his stint as a visiting assistant professor at the Ohio State University (1998-2000) and research economist at Korea University (1992-97). He received his Ph.D. in economics from the Ohio State University in 1992. His primary research area is econometric theory, but he has also made important contributions in the field of international finance. He has published prolifically, including articles in Econometrica and Review of Economic Studies. He is currently a co-editor of International Economic Journal. It is also worth noting his many contributions to the community of Korean economists abroad, including his work as a co-organizer of the Korean Econometric Summer Camp (2012-15) and as the secretary general of KAEA (2011-13).

The KAEA appreciates the Award Nomination Committee (Drs. Doh-Shin Jeon (Chair), Sokbae Lee, Yongcheol Shin) for their valuable service for award nomination this year.

The 2019 KAEA Young Scholar Award

The KAEA is pleased to announce that Drs. Sang Yoon (Tim) Lee (Queen Mary University of London) and Dongho Song (Johns Hopkins Carey Business School) will receive the 2019 KAEA Young Scholar Award for their professional achievement. The award ceremony will be held during the Annual Meeting of the KAEA at Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, at 6:00 pm, January 5, 2019. Congratulations!

Sang Yoon (Tim) Lee is currently a reader in Queen Mary University of London. He previously held assistant professor positions at Toulouse School of Economics and University of Mannheim.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. His primary research interests are the determinants and mechanisms of economic inequality in macroeconomic settings. Much of his past work was focused on intergenerational mobility, and how it relates to cross-sectional inequality. More recently, he combines theoretical and empirical tools to study how inequality trends evolve in the long-run, in response to labor market reforms or technological advancements. He has published in leading journals such as Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Monetary Economics, Economic Journal and has several working papers of potentially high impact.

Dongho Song is currently an assistant professor of finance at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He was previously an assistant professor of economics at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. His research interests include asset pricing, macro-finance, and applied time series econometrics. He has published in leading journals such as Econometrica, Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Econometrics.

The KAEA appreciates the Award Nomination Committee (Drs. Doh-Shin Jeon (Chair), Sokbae Lee, Yongcheol Shin) for their valuable service for award nomination this year.

Member News

Professor E. Han Kim has made a $1 million donation to the School of Management at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. The donation creates an endowment fund that will provide financial support to Ph.D. students and tenure-track junior faculty in the Department of Finance through The E. Han Kim Doctoral Fellowship and The E. Han Kim Assistant Professorship. For details,

Dr. E. Han Kim served as the President of KAEA in 1996.