The 2022 Maekyung-KAEA Economist Award
The Korea-America Economic Association (KAEA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Yoosoon Chang (Indiana University) will receive the 2022 Maekyung-KAEA Economist Award for her outstanding professional achievement (https://economics.indiana.edu/about/faculty/chang-yoosoon.html)
Dr. Chang is Professor of Economics at Indiana University. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. She is also an Executive Committee member of Institute of Korean Studies in School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, and a visiting scholar at BI Norwegian Business School. Her other current professional responsibilities include her roles as the Organizer of Symposium of Econometric Theory and Applications (SETA), Coordinator of Midwest Econometrics Group (MEG), Co-organizer of Workshop on Energy Economics, an Executive Committee member of Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics (SNDE), and an Associate Editor of Journal of Time Series Econometrics and SNDE. She was a Visiting Professor at University of Chicago, Keio, BI Norwegian Business School, Fudan, and University of Tokyo, and Yale.
Dr. Chang’s current research interests include the application of various time series, panel data and machine learning models to facilitate the precise and efficient implementation of frontier theories and methodologies for practically relevant inference in a broad range of economic and financial models. Her recent research focuses on functional time series, endogenous regime switching models, high frequency factor models and their applications in intergenerational mobility, policy effects on distributional outcomes such as income distribution, temperature anomaly distribution, yield curve and employment. These studies help us better address some of the pressing economic issues we face now, including income-educational-occupational mobilities, climate change, borrowing costs of government and job polarization. Her recent research also investigates monetary and fiscal policy interactions, income dynamics, expectation effects of switching financial market conditions, and empirical asset pricing models with macro factors. She has also applied her new methodologies to analyze energy demand and longevity risk. Dr. Chang’s research has been published in Review of Economic Studies, Quantitative Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Econometrics, and Energy Economics, among others. Her work has been funded by National Science Foundation, Bank of Korea, KEPCO, Korea Power Exchange, and the Norwegian Research Council.
Dr. Chang has been involved in mentoring junior women economists in various contexts, including the MEG mentoring workshops, CeMENT workshops organized by Committee on Status of Women in Economics Profession (CSWEP) of AEA, Finance and Economics Women (FEW), and Women Economists Networks of China, Japan and Korea. She is also serving as Chair of Korean Women Economists Network (KWEN) and a member of International Advisory Board of Association of the Advancement of African Women Economists (AAAWE).
The 2022 KAEA Young Scholar Awards
The Korea-America Economic Association (KAEA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Yunmi Kong (Rice University) will receive the 2022 KAEA Young Scholar Awards for her outstanding professional achievement (https://sites.google.com/site/yunmikongecon/)
Yunmi Kong is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rice University. She is an empirical IO economist with a research emphasis on auctions and bargaining. Her work has been published recently in the Journal of Political Economy and the RAND Journal of Economics. Before joining Rice, Kong received a PhD in economics from New York University and an AB in economics from Princeton University.
The Award Ceremony
The award ceremony will be held during the virtual Business Meeting of the KAEA. The award recipients will share their research through short presentations at the meeting.
The Nomination Committee
The KAEA appreciates the Award Nomination Committee (Drs. Donggyu Sul (Chair), Donggyu Sul, Kei-Mu Yi, and Yongseok Shin) for their valuable service for award nomination this year.