KWEN membership

KWEN Board Members

The list of our board members with their short biography:


Yoosoon Chang, Chair

Professor of Economics

Department of Economics

Indiana University 

Wylie Hall, 100 S. Woodlawn Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47405-7104




Dr. Chang is a Professor of Economics at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, with her undergraduate studies in Economics and Mathematics at University of Maryland. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Statistics and Executive Committee member of Institute of Korean Studies in School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University.


In addition to her responsibilities at Indiana University, Dr. Chang’s additional titles include:  President of Korea-America Economic Association (KAEA), 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 previously served on Editorial Board of Korean Economic Review, and was Head of Economics Department at Texas A&M University, and a Visiting Professor at Keio, BI Norwegian Business School, Fudan, Toulouse School of Economics, Cambridge, Humboldt, Yale, Sungkyunkwan University, University of Paris II, and University of Tokyo. She is a Visiting Professor at University of Chicago this academic year.


Dr. Chang’s current research interests include the application of various time series and panel data models to facilitate the development of new theories and methodologies for inference in a broad range of economic and financial models. Her recent research focuses on endogenous regime switching models, functional time series, high frequency factor models and their applications in monetary and fiscal policy interactions, expectation effects of switching financial market conditions, policy effects on income inequality and yield curve dynamics, and empirical asset pricing models with macro factors. She has also applied her new methodologies to analyze energy demand, climate change, and longevity risk.


Dr. Chang’s research has been published in Review of Economic Studies, Quantitative Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, Econometric Reviews, Journal of Time Series Analysis, Econometrics Journal, and Energy Economics. Her work has been funded by National Science Foundation, Bank of Korea, Korea Electric Power Corporation, Korea Power Exchange, and Korea Gas Corporation.


Dr. Chang is a Fellow of Journal of Econometrics and was awarded Teacher of the Year in Graduate Instruction at Texas A&M in 2007, Young Scholar Award by KAEA in 2004, and was the Keynote speaker at the African Econometric Society Meeting in 2013, as well as the Taiwanese Econometric Society in 2018, the Workshop on Energy Economics in 2018, and Women in Macro, Finance and Economic History Workshop in 2020. She was also an Invited Speaker at Econometrics Society Australasian Meeting in 2004 and 2011, International Panel Data Conference in 2014, Gender Submit 10 Satellite Conference in 2017, and Marleau Lecture on Economic and Monetary Policy in 2020.


Dr. Chang has been involved in mentoring junior female economists in various contexts, including CSWEP, FEW, MEG, JWEN and KWEN mentoring workshops, and 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).


Myongjin, Kim, Secretary General & Micro Virtual Seminar Series Organizer

Assistant Professor of Economics

Department of Economics

University of Oklahoma

308 Cate Center Drive, Office 432

Norman, OK 73019




Myongjin Kim is an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Oklahoma (OU), where she conducts research in the field of Empirical Industrial Organization. She especially focuses on the topics such as (1) firms’ investment on product quality in response to entry threats by newly merged firms or product innovation in the presence of active used-goods markets, (2) anti-trust(anti-competition) issues such as category captainship in retail market, and (3) relational contracts and outsourcing decisions with respect to market conditions. Myongjin received her BA from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and earned her PhD from Boston University (BU). The class in empirical IO taught by Professor Marc Rysman at BU led her to her current career path. Myongjin was attracted to the empirical IO research by the sophisticated dynamic structural methods and the dynamic aircraft/airline industry features. She teaches two Ph.D. courses, IO seminar and Mathematical Economics, and two undergraduate courses, Intermediate Microeconomics and Statistics, at OU. When she has spare time, she enjoys drawing with watercolor as well as watching hockey games. Her favorite hockey team is Boston Bruins and favorite art is botanical illustration.


Serena Rhee, Macro Virtual Seminar Series Organizer

Associate Professor of Economics

College of Business and Economics

Chung-Ang University

Centennial Hall 1014 

84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu

Seoul 06724, Republic of Korea




Dr. Serena Rhee is an associate professor of economics at Chung-Ang University. She earned her BA in Economics from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, she has taught economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Chung-Ang University. She has held positions in policy institutions as well, as an NIH/NIA Research Fellow in the Study of Aging at the RAND Corporation for 2016-2017, a visiting scholar at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics for 2017-2018, and a research associate at Korea Development Institute for 2018-2019. She is interested in the role of health status in individuals’ labor-market outcomes over the life cycle and designing optimal public policies to promote the welfare-improving allocation of resources in the context of the aggregate economy.


Soojin Kim

Assistant Professor of Economics

Department of Economics

Georgia State University 

55 Park Place, Suite 644

Atlanta, GA 30302 




Soojin Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Public Studies at Georgia State University. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining GSU, she was an assistant professor at Purdue University. Her research focuses on understanding the behavior of households who face various risks over the life cycle and the role of government policies at the individual and the aggregate levels. 


Soohyung Lee

Associate Professor

Graduate School of International Studies

Seoul National University

Bldg. 140-1, Room 607

1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu

Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea




Soohyung Lee is currently a faculty member in the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University (SNU). Dr. Lee is an economist, specializing in data-based research topics that examine the determinants of the efficiency of individuals and the market as a whole. Her fields of research lie at the interaction of Econometrics, Labor, Public, Development, and Market Design.


Her research is well recognized in the communities of economists, policymakers, and the news media. She has received various awards, including the Korean American Economic Association’s Young Economist Award (2016), the ChosunBiz’s nomination at “Prominent Korean Economists Under 50” (2016), the Hankyung’s Dasan Young Economist Award (2017), and the Korean Economic Association’s Award for Applied Microeconomists (2020). She has advised international organizations (e.g., World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), Korean government agencies (e.g., Ministry of Finance, Financial Services Commission), and private institutes (e.g.,, CSES). Dr. Lee’s research and interviews have been featured in well-renowned news sources such as Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Slate, Joongang, Chosun, Donga, Hankook, Maekyung, Hankyung, Yeonhap, KBS and MBC.


Prior to her appointment at SNU, she was a faculty member in the Economics Department at University of Maryland, College Park and Sogang University, a research fellow at Harvard Business School, and a visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University and Waseda University.  She received her PhD from Stanford University and her BA from Seoul National University. Before starting her PhD studies, Dr. Lee served as a Deputy Director in Korea’s Ministry of Finance.


Hye Mi You

Associate Professor

College of Economics & Finance

Hanyang University

222 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu

Seoul 04763, Republic of Korea

+82-2-2220-2580 &



Hye Mi You is an Associate Professor in the College of Economics & Finance at Hanyang University, South Korea. She received her BA from Seoul National University and her PhD from University of Rochester. Prior to joining Hanyang University in 2017, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also held a position as an economist at the Bank of Korea between 2000 and 2002. Her research interests lie mainly in the intersection of macroeconomics and labor economics. Much of her recent research focuses on macroeconomic implications of labor market phenomena. She also works on various issues related to human capital, for instance, the effect of human capital investment on economic growth and development, and the impact of changing economic environments on human capital formation.




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