The Korea-America Economic Association

Call for Papers (Korea Program at Stanford)

Koret Conference on “Globalization, Innovation, and Culture in Korea”

The Korea Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, CA
April 22, 2016.

The Korea Program at Stanford University is soliciting papers for the Koret Conference on Globalization, Innovation, and Culture in Korea at Stanford University. South Korea has become an economic powerhouse but faces multiple challenges.  To maintain its dynamism and growth in the increasingly innovation-driven global knowledge economy of the 21st century, Korea needs to turn its attention to the more social, cultural and educational aspects of development. Of paramount importance is the ability to welcome and embrace difference and creativity, upgrade pertinent social values of cultural diversity and social tolerance, promote innovation and effectively reflect and transmit such values through institutions. The conference will be interdisciplinary, problem-oriented, and policy-relevant. We welcome a broad range of questions and approaches that address the main challenges Korea will face going forward. Possible research topics include:

  • Higher education, cultural diversity and development
  • Social cohesion beyond nationalism and multiculturalism
  • Entrepreneurial culture and innovation
  • Causes and consequences of rising inequality.
  • Demographic changes, skilled foreign labor and education/work culture

The conference will be held on April 22, 2016 at Stanford University. Besides research presentation, the conference also aims to foster new connections among scholars with common interests. Travel (domestic or international economy class) and hotel costs as well as modest honorarium will be covered for the presenters.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the meeting, please send the paper (6,000-8,000 words) in a pdf file to Yong Suk Lee at

For more information visit

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2016

Job Openings (KDI)

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Position Title/Short Description

Title: Research Fellow

Section: Full-Time Nonacademic

Location: Sejong-si, Korea, Republic of

Categories/Specialties: Economics(Any Field)

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Korea Development Institute (KDI) invites applications for research fellow positions in any field of economics and related social sciences. The position requires fluency in Korean.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, copies of publications and/or current working papers, and three letters of recommendation. Application materials should be submitted online via (EJM) by December 1, 2015. Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview at ASSA Annual Meetings in January 2016(San Francisco). For any queries, candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Dongseok Kim, Senior Vice President at +82-44-550-4011, or Ms. Shin Hye Kim at +82-44-550-4277,

Awards (Maekyung-KAEA and Young Scholar)


The KAEA is pleased to announce that Professor Doh-Shin Jeon (Toulouse School of Economics and SungKyunKwan University) is going to receive the 2016 Maekyung-KAEA Economist Award for his professional achievement. The award ceremony will be held during the Annual Meeting of the KAEA at Hilton Union Square in San Francisco (Continental Parlors 7 & 8), at 6:00 pm, January 4, 2016. Congratulations!

Doh-Shin Jeon is professor of economics at Toulouse School of Economics and at Sungkyunkwan University. Doh-Shin is also a part-time research fellow at the CEPR. Doh-Shin obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Toulouse 1 in 2000 and then held an assistant professor position at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. After getting tenured at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, he returned back to Toulouse in 2008. Expert in industrial organization, Doh-Shin’s research has a strong focus on the economics of information technology and intellectual property and his articles were published in major international journals such as American Economic Review, Rand Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Journal of the European Economic Association etc. He is an associate editor of the Jounral of Industrial Economics and received the ANACOM best workshop paper award in 2013 and numerous grants (such as Ramon y Cajal from the Spanish government and ANR from the French government)

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

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



The KAEA is pleased to announce that Professors Kyungmin Kim (University of Iowa) and Soohyung Lee (University of Maryland) receive the 2016 KAEA Young Scholar Award for their professional achievement. The award ceremony will be held during the Annual Meeting of the KAEA at Hilton Union Square in San Francisco (Continental Parlors 7 & 8), at 6:00 pm, January 4, 2016. Congratulations!

Kyungmin Kim is assistant professor of economics at the University of Iowa. He received his PhD from University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and served as assistant professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology before joining the University of Iowa in 2010. He is an economic theorist, mainly working in the areas of information economics, bargaining theory, and search theory. He has published in several prestigious journals, such as Econometrica, Theoretical Economics, RAND Journal of Economics, and American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. He is also revising several papers for other leading journals, such as Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, and Review of Financial Studies. His CV is available at

Soohyung Lee is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Maryland. Professor Lee received her PhD from Stanford University in 2008. Her field is applied microeconomics in the broadest sense, and she has worked on wide-ranging topics including education, labor, and family economics. She has published nearly a dozen papers, relatively in a short span of her career. In more than a few occasions, interesting results from her work were cited by the popular media. For more detail, see her CV at

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

Call for Papers (KAEA-EEA)

The 42nd annual meeting of the Eastern Economic Association will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. in February 25 – 28, 2016. The KAEA plans to organize sessions. Papers on general topics in Economics will be welcome.

Submit a manuscript or an extended abstract, including the JEL code, by e-mail to the KAEA session organizer, Inhyuck (Steve) Ha at no later than November 10th. 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, 2015.

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

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 2016.

The application process will be as follows:

[First round] Document review

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

[Second round] Interview at the American Economic Association 2016 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 11, 2015 and discuss the interview schedule with the prospective candidates.

If you have any question, please contact

President’s Message

President’s message on the 2016 ASSA/KAEA meetings in San Francisco

I and all KAEA Executive Committee team welcome you to the 2016 ASSA/KAEA meetings in San Francisco.

The KAEA organizes 3 sessions — a Macro session by Yongseok Shin (Washington Univ.), a Micro session by Jinwoo Kim (Seoul National University) and a joint session with the AEA by Yeon-Koo Che (Columbia University). All these sessions will take place on January 4th (Sunday) at Riverway, Sheraton Boston.

Information on the 3 KAEA sessions:

[1] Jan 04, 2016 8:00 am, Hilton Union Square, Union Square 1 & 2
Korea-America Economic Association
Economic Growth and Development (O1, O4)
Organized and Presiding: Yongseok Shin (Washington University-St. Louis and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

[2] Jan 04, 2015 10:15 am, Hilton Union Square, Union Square 3 & 4
Korea-America Economic Association
Market Design Approach to School Choice (C7, D4)
Organized and Presiding: Jinwoo Kim (Seoul National University)

[3] Jan 04, 2015 12:30 pm, Hilton Union Square, Union Square 1 & 2
Korea-America Economic Association/American Economic Association
Advances in Behavioral Economics (C9, D9)
Organized and Presiding: Yeon-Koo Che (Columbia University)

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 4th (Monday), at Hilton Union Square — Continental Parlors 7 & 8. The speaker is Dr. Michael Woodford at Columbia University.

Immediately after the MK Forum, about 6:00 pm, there will be the KAEA Dinner Banquet at the same place (Continental Parlors 7 & 8). All the KAEA members including KAEA institutional members are welcome for meeting people and enjoying an exquisite course banquet dinner.

On January 5th (Tuesday), we plan to have a panel 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 Hilton Union Square. The Conference registration and housing will be open on September 16th.

We look forward to seeing you ALL in San Francisco in January 2016.

Yeon-Koo Che
President, KAEA 2015

Call for Papers (KAEA-ASSA Workshops)

In addition to three official academic sessions at ASSA meetings in San Francisco (January 3-5, 2016), KAEA plans to hold KAEA Workshops, in collaboration with Korean Economic Association (KEA), starting at 10:30 AM on January 5 (Tuesday) 2016.

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, 2015. 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 2014 and 2015 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.