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Yong Suk Lee

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Yong Suk Lee

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
SK Center Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
PhD, Economics, Brown University, 2012
MA, Economics, Brown University, 2008
MPP, Public Policy, Duke University, 2007
MS, Architecture, Seoul National University, 2001
BS, Architecture, Seoul National University, 1999


Yong Suk Lee is the SK Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and deputy director of the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University.

Lee's research intersects the fields of labor, international, and urban economics with focuses on entrepreneurship and firm growth, globalization and inequality, and economic sanctions. For example, his research examines the effect of university entrepreneurship initiatives on innovation, and the impact of entrepreneurship on urban economic growth. His research relating to globalization examines how inequality in South Korea evolved after the Asian Financial Crisis, how China’s competition affects firm dynamics in Korea, and how economic sanctions effect the regional distribution of economic activity in North Korea.

Prior to joining Stanford, Lee was an assistant professor of economics at Williams College in Massachusetts. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in architecture from Seoul National University, a master of public policy from Duke University, and a doctorate in economics from Brown University. Lee also worked as a real estate development consultant and architecture designer as he transitioned from architecture to economics.

Research Interests: 
Economic Development and Growth, Urban Economics, Inequality and Mobility, Trade, Globalization, Entrepreneurship and Management, Korean and East Asian Economies