Munseob Lee

Assistant Professor of Economics at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Research Fields: Macroeconomics, Growth/Development

Office: RBC #1302


Phone: (858) 534-1734


Working Papers:

The Life Cycle of Products: Evidence and Implications (with David Argente and Sara Moreira), online appendix

Allocation of Female Talent and Cross-Country Productivity Differences

Government Purchases and Firm Growth

The Plant-Level View of an Industrial Policy: The Korean Heavy Industry Drive of 1973 (with Minho Kim and Yongseok Shin)

Minority Unemployment, Inflation, and Monetary Policy (with Claudia Macaluso and Felipe Schwartzman)

Do Resource Windfalls Improve Standard of Living in sub-Saharan African Countries? (with Cheikh Anta Gueye)


[5] Measuring the Cost of Living in Mexico and the US, forthcoming at American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, with David Argente and Chang-Tai Hsieh.

[4] The Cost of Privacy: Welfare Effects of the Disclosure of COVID-19 Cases, forthcoming at Review of Economics and Statistics, with David Argente and Chang-Tai Hsieh.

[3] COVID-19, Commuting Flows, and Air Quality, Journal of Asian Economics, Volume 77, December 2021, Article 101374, with Rachel Finerman.

[2] Cost of Living Inequality during the Great Recession, Journal of the European Economic Association, Volume 19, Issue 2, April 2021, pp.913-952, with David Argente.

[1] Innovation and Product Reallocation in the Great Recession, Journal of Monetary Economics, Volume 93, January 2018, pp.1-20, with David Argente and Sara Moreira.

Book Chapters:

[1] High-Skill Immigration, Innovation, and Creative Destruction, In: The Roles of Immigrants and Foreign Students in US Science, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. University of Chicago Press, February 2020, pp.73-98, with Gaurav Khanna


2021-22: Macroeconomics of Development (PhD, co-teaching with Tom Vogl, syllabus), Fiscal and Monetary Policy (Master), The Korean Economy (Master), Capstone Seminar in International Studies (Undergraduate)

Seminar Organization

UC San Diego Global Economy Workshop, Spring 2022 (w/ Fabian Trottner), Fall 2020 (w/ Jim Rauch), Fall 2019 (w/ Tom Vogl), Spring 2019 (w/ Jim Rauch)

SNU-UC San Diego Joint Webinar Series, Nov 1 2021, Oct 4 2021, May 10 2021, Apr 12 2021, Nov 9 2020, Oct 12 2020 (w/ Jungmin Lee)

UC San Diego Korea-Pacific Economy Seminar, Fall 2019/Winter 2020

PhD Students (dissertation committee member)

On the market: Jacob Orchard

2021: Alejandro Nakab (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella), Wendy Zeng (US Department of Agriculture)

2020: Olga Denislamova (University of Toronto teaching stream), Daniel Leff (Wayfair Inc.), Daniela Vidart (University of Connecticut)