Namhoon Kim
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
317 Hutcheson Hall, 250 Drillfield Drive
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: +1 (540) 676-2545


  • Ph.D. in Economics, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 2018
    • Advisor: Dr. Travis P. Mountain
    • Dissertation: Three Essays on Econometric Modeling and Application: Health and Consumer Behaviors
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2010
  • Master of Arts in Economics, Department of Economics, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2009
  • Bachelor of Economics, Department of Economics, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea, 2004


  • Applied Microeconomics: Health Economics, Consumer Economics, Aging Studies
  • Applied Econometrics: Nonlinear Regression, Bayesian Modeling


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications
Papers Under Review
  • Namhoon Kim & Travis P. Mountain, “Financial knowledge and “Don’t know” response: Binomial and latent variable model analysis,” Revise to Resubmit, Journal of Consumer Affairs
  • Kyoung Tae Kim, Travis P. Mountain, Sherman Hanna, & Namhoon Kim, "The decrease in life insurance ownership: Implications for financial planning," Revise to Resubmit, Financial Services Review
  • Travis P. Mountain, Namhoon Kim, Michael S. Gutter, Elizabeth Kiss, Soo Hyun Cho, Jean Lown, & Carrie Johnson, “Gender, Framing, and Student Loan Decision,” Submitted, Journal of Family and Economic Issues
Working Papers
  • Namhoon Kim and Wen You, "Does Paid Sick Leave Induce Moral Hazard? Paid Sick Leave, Absenteeism, and Moral Hazard" Accepted, 2018 AAEA Meeting
  • Namhoon Kim and Travis P. Mountain, "An Empirical Analysis of Health Interventions and Misuse of Cervical Cancer Screening among Young Women"
  • Travis P. Mountain, Namhoon Kim, and Caezilia Loibl, “Does the Individual Development Account program have longer-term effects on food insecurity?”
Work in Progress
  • Namhoon Kim and Travis P. Mountain, "Annuity Puzzle and Loss Aversion of Older Consumers: Theoretical and Empirical Evaluations," Accepted, American Council on Consumer Interests 2018 Annual Conference
  • Travis P. Mountain, Namhoon Kim, Joyce Serido, and  Soyeon Shim, "Financial Education, Financial Advisors, and Financial Literacy: Longitudinal and Mediation Analysis (APLUS),'' Accepted, American Council on Consumer Interests 2018 Annual Conference
  • Travis P. Mountain and Namhoon Kim, "Exploring the delay of homeownership decision among millennials"
  • Namhoon Kim and Travis P. Mountain, "Menopause, Medical Treatment, and Middle-Aged Women's Labor Supply" 
  • Namhoon Kim, "Wealth Shock and Labor Force Re-entry of Retirees"


  • Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 5-7. 2018
  • American Council on Consumer Interests Annual conferenceClearwater Beach, FL, May 17-19, 2018
  • National Conference on Teaching and Research on Economic Education, Denver, CO, May 31-June 2, 2017
  • American Council on Consumer Interests Annual conference, Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2017
  • Annual Meetings of the Southern Economic Association, Washington, D.C., November 17-19, 2016


  • Real Estate Seed Grant, Virginia Tech, $2,000 with Mountain, 2018-2019
  • Arizona Pathways to Life Success (APLUS) Research Award, $10,000 Split with Mountain, 2017-2018
  • Student/Young Professional Conference Scholarship, American Council on Consumer Interests Honors, 2017


  • Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, Jan 2016-present
    • Project: Life insurance analysis and food security evaluation with Travis P. Mountain
    • Developing new econometric models that could control the endogeneity
    • Analyzing the estimation results and preparing manuscript for journal submission
  • Research Assistant, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory, Virginia Tech, May 2014-Dec 2015
    • Project: World-Wide Integrated Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS)
    • Analyzed political events and identified statistical patterns of the events
    • Forecast future political events and protests by statistical models
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, Aug 2013-May 2014
    • Real Estate Law, Agricultural Law (2013), Environmental Law, Real Estate Appraisal (2014)
  • Research Assistant, State University of New York at Buffalo, Aug 2009-Jun 2010 
    • Project: Vascular fluid dynamics with Jae-Hun Jung
    • Implemented computational dynamic simulations to build Matlab and C codes
    • Analyzed the results of vascular flow tendency and idiosyncratic flow cases from simulation


  • Financial Analyst, CGN Yulchon Generation Co., Ltd, South Korea, 2012-2013
  • Chief Analyst, GK partners, Seoul, South Korea, 2011-2012
  • Assistant Manager, Korea Development Bank Capital, South Korea, 2004-2007