The Korea-America Economic Association

Call for Papers (KAEA-WEAI)

The 92nd Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) will be held on June 25 – 29, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis & Marina, San Diego, California. The Korea-America Economic Association (KAEA) plans to organize two sessions at the WEAI conference. We sincerely invite the members of the KAEA or the KEA to join in this wonderful event.

Theoretical and empirical papers on all aspects of economics are welcome. Please submit a manuscript or an extended abstract to Professor J.B. Kim ( by e-mail including
(i) the JEL code(s), (ii) 3-5 key words, and (iii) your membership status with the KAEA or the KEA

Submission deadline is January 15 (Monday), 2017. If accepted, your final version manuscript is due June 1 (Thursday), 2017.

There is no submission fee for members of the KAEA or the KEA. In addition, the session participants can register at the WEAI member’s rate regardless of their membership status with the WEAI. However, all participants will be required to register for the conference and responsible for their own expenses.

Submitted papers will be blind-reviewed by the referees. All presenters are strongly urged to serve as discussants (or session chairs, if requested) for the WEAI-KAEA sessions.

Further information about the conference can be found at the WEAI website at

Job Openings (KIET)

Associate Research Fellow (Doctoral) 

The Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET) is a leading think tank and government-sponsored research institute established in 1976. KIET conducts industrial policy oriented researches for public sectors in general.

We are opening positions in the following areas of economics: Macroeconomics, Applied Microeconomics, Econometrics and Statistics, Industrial Organization, Strategic Management, Distribution and Logistics, International Trade, Regional and Urban Economics.

We are looking for the candidates with a Ph.D. degree, or students expecting a Ph.D. degree by August 2017.

The application process will be as follows:

[First round] Document review

: To apply, please send a (1) curriculum vitae, (2) statement of purpose, (3) three letters of recommendation, and a (4) job market paper.

Email for Applications:
Informational URL:
For more information:

[Second round] Interview at the American Economic Association 2017 Annual Meeting **(Candidates must register and come to the 2016 AEA Annual Meeting for the interview – for more information, please visit,**

: We will notify the status of the application from the first round by December 9, 2016 and discuss the interview schedule with the prospective candidates.

If you have any question, please contact




The KAEA is pleased to announce that Professor Sokbae Simon Lee (Columbia University) is going to receive the 2017 Maekyung-KAEA Economist Award for his professional achievement. The award ceremony will be held during the Annual Meeting of the KAEA at Hyatt Regency in Chicago, at 6:00 pm, January 7, 2017. Congratulations!

Sokbae Lee is Professor of Economics at Columbia University since 2016, and previously held positions at University College London (2002-10) and Seoul National University (2010-16). He received his PhD from the University of Iowa in 2002. His main research area is theoretical econometrics, but he has made significant contributions in applied microeconomics as well. He published numerous papers, including in such top journals as Econometrica, American Economic Review, and Journal of American Statistical Association. He is an associate editor of Journal of Econometrics and Econometric Theory, and served in the editorial board of Review of Economic Studies. His research is widely recognized and has been supported by numerous British ESRC grants and European Research Council grants. He was elected as a fellow of the Econometric Society in 2014.

For Prof. Lee’s profile and CV, please refer to:

The KAEA appreciates the Award Nomination Committee (Professors Chang-Jin Kim (Chair), Doh-Shin Jeon, Yongseok Shin) for their valuable service for award nomination this year.



The KAEA is pleased to announce that Professor Wooyoung Lim (HKUST) and Suyong Song (University of Iowa) will receive the 2017 KAEA Young Scholar Award for their professional achievement. The award ceremony will be held during the Annual Meeting of the KAEA at Hyatt Regency in Chicago, at 6:00 pm, January 7, 2017. Congratulations!

Wooyoung Lim is an assistant professor of economics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. His field is game theory and experimental economics, and he mainly works on theoretical and experimental studies of various games such as coordination, communication, bargaining, contest, auction, public good provision, etc. He published nine papers in international journals and five of them in the top journal of his field, Games and Economic Behavior. He has several working papers including two under revision for Games and Economic Behavior. For his profile and CV, please refer to:

Suyong Song is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Iowa since 2015, and previously held a position as an assistant professor at the Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (2010-2015). He received his PhD from the University of California-San Diego in 2010. He is an econometrician primarily working on econometric theory and empirical industrial organisation. He has been producing high quality research and published excellent papers at top-tier journals such as Journal of Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, and many newer papers are in pipeline or in progress. For his profile and CV, please refer to:

The KAEA appreciates the Award Nomination Committee (Professors Chang-Jin Kim (Chair), Doh-Shin Jeon, Yongseok Shin) for their valuable service for award nomination this year.

Job Openings (Bank of Korea)

The Bank of Korea is seeking economists to conduct research in the above-listed fields. Those selected will be expected to conduct mainly policy-oriented research while also carrying out other central-bank related duties. Requirements include a Ph.D. in economics or a related field, together with strong written communication skills. Salary and position are commensurate with the economist’s background and experience. New Ph.D. applicants will need to complete all requirements for their degrees by the end of September 2017.

Application Deadline: December 5, 2016
To apply, please visit and


Call for Papers (KAEA-EEA)

The 43rd annual meeting of the Eastern Economic Association will be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in February 23 – 26, 2017. The KAEA plans to organize multiple sessions. Papers on general topics in Economics will be welcome.

Submit a manuscript or an extended abstract, including the JEL codes, by e-mail to the KAEA session organizer, Inhyuck (Steve) Ha at no later than November 15th. Abstracts of papers, without the full paper, will also be considered, but preference will be given to full papers. Decision will be notified no later than November 25, 2016. Papers may be in DRAFT form at the time of submission.

If your paper has been accepted, you should submit your final version by January 31st for review by other participants. Submissions from young scholars are strongly encouraged. Submission fees ($35) will be waived if your paper has been accepted by KAEA.

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

We look forward to seeing you in New York.



In addition to three official academic sessions at ASSA meetings in Chicago (January 6-8, 2017), KAEA plans to hold KAEA Workshops, in collaboration with Korean Economic Association (KEA), starting at 10:30 AM on January 8 (Sunday) 2017 at Stetson Suite F in Hyatt Regency Chicago.

KAEA Workshops are intended to increase the interaction and exchange of ideas among the participants working on various issues, including those related to Korea. If you are interested in presenting your work at KAEA Workshops, please submit a complete paper to C.Y. Choi at

Submission deadline is October 25, 2016. Decision will be made within a week and only accepted papers will be notified. To submit a paper for the workshop, one has to be (or become) a lifetime KAEA member or paid his/her annual membership dues for 2015 and 2016 at the time of submission. This requirement is waived for KEA members. Please note that these are not official ASSA-sponsored sessions and thus will not be included in the ASSA program book. There is no financial support for the participants.

KAEA President’s Message

President’s message on the 2017 ASSA/KAEA meetings in Chicago

I and all KAEA Executive Committee team welcome you to the 2017 ASSA/KAEA meetings in Chicago.

The KAEA organizes 3 sessions — a Macro session by Chang-Jin Kim (University of Washington), a Micro session by Karam Kang (Carnegie Mellon University) and a joint session with the AEA by In-Uck Park (University of Bristol & SKKU). All these sessions will take place on January 7th (Saturday) at Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Information on the 3 KAEA sessions:

[1] Jan 07, 2017 8:00 am, Hyatt Regency Chicago, New Orleans (Room)
Korea-America Economic Association
Empirical Macro and Time Series (C1, E0)
Presiding: Jinill Kim (Korea University)
Organized by Chang-Jin Kim (University of Washington)

[2] Jan 07, 2017 10:15 am, Hyatt Regency Chicago, New Orleans (Room)
Korea-America Economic Association
Empirical Studies on Contracts and Auctions (C5, D4)
Organized and Presiding: Karam Kang (Carnegie Mellon University)

[3] Jan 07, 2017 12:30 pm, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Toronto (Room)
Korea-America Economic Association/American Economic Association
Advances in Information Economics: 10 Years Since Nobel on Mechanism Design (D8, C7)
Organized and Presiding: In-Uck Park (University of Bristol & SKKU)

Please come to the sessions. The ASSA people count the number of attendants. Your attendance will help greatly KAEA’s efforts to increase the number of KAEA sessions in the future.

Maekyung (MK) Forum will take place at 5 pm, January 7th (Saturday), at Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency A. The speaker is Dr. Changyong Rhee at the IMF (

Immediately after the MK Forum, about 6:30 pm, there will be the KAEA Annual Business Meeting and Dinner Banquet at Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago ( which is about 0.5 miles away from Hyatt Regency Chicago. All the KAEA members including KAEA institutional members are welcome for meeting people and enjoying an exquisite course banquet dinner.

On January 8th (Sunday), we plan to have a panel discussion session on the Korean economy in the morning, followed by KAEA workshop sessions. See the separate announcement on this workshop.

[Registration and hotel reservation] The ASSA headquarters hotel is Hyatt Regency Chicago. The Conference registration and housing will be open on September 14th.

We look forward to seeing you ALL in Chicago in January 2017.

In-Uck Park
President, KAEA 2016