Associate Professor of Economics





University of Chicago, Ph.D., Economics, 2007.

Seoul National University, M.A., Economics, 2002 / B.A., Economics, 2000


Economic History, Health Economics, Applied Economics


[1] The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World since 1700  (with Roderick Floud, Robert Fogel, and Bernard Harris). Cambridge University Press. 2011.

2011 PROSE Awards: Economics


The book has been reviewed in 
ScienceNatureNew York TimesThe IndependentDaily MailTimes Higher Education, International Herald Tribune, The New York Review of Books, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic History, American Journal of Human Biology, Social History of Medicine, 
BBC radio and  the Brian Lehrer Show at WNYC radio, and so on.


[2] Health, Mortality, and the Standard of Living in Europe and North America since 1700 (with Roderick Floud, Robert Fogel and Bernard Harris). UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2014.

These two volumes bring together important and influential articles and papers on different aspects of the history of health and welfare. The collection includes classic and more recent essays on the origins and nature of mortality decline; the early-life origins of adult health and disease; changes in height, weight and body mass; the definition and measurement of the 'standard of living'; and the economic and social impact of health improvements.

As leading authorities in their field, the editors have provided an original introduction, which offers an essential guide to the debates about the causes and consequences of the decline of mortality and the improvement of human health over the last three centuries.


[1] Adapting to the Weather: Lessons from U.S. History (with Hoyt Bleakley). Journal of Economic History. Forthcoming.

[2] Who is Sitting Next to You? Peer Effects inside the Classroom (with Jungmin Lee). Quantitative Economics. Forthcoming.

[3] Pronatalist Cash Grant and Fertility: A Panel Analysis (with Young-Il Kim, Jae-Young Lim, Mee-Young Yeo). Korean Economic Review. Forthcoming.

[4] How Many Calories? Food Availability in England and Wales in the 18th and 19th Centuries (with Bernard Harris and Roderick Floud). Research in Economic History 31: 111-191. 2015.

[5] People on the Verge of Death: Evidence from Impacts of Celebrity Suicides (with Jungmin Lee). Applied Economics 47(7): 710-724. 2015.

[6] Malaria: An Early Indicator of Later Disease and Work Level. Journal of Health Economics 32(3): 612-632. 2013.

[7] Has the Burden of Obesity Declined in America since 1980? Korea and the World Economy 14(2): 343-379. 2013.

[8] Malaria and Economic Productivity: A Longitudinal Analysis of the American Case. Journal of Economic History 71(3): 654-671. 2011.

[9] Marriage and Men's Wealth Accumulation in the United States, 1860-1870. Korean Economic Review 26(1): 27-58. 2010.

[10] Survival in 19th Century Cities: The Larger the City, the Smaller Your Chances (with Louis Cain). Explorations in Economic History 46(4): 450-463. 2009.

[11] The Burden of Early Exposure to Malaria in the United States, 1850-1860: Malnutrition and Immune Disorders. Journal of Economic History 67(4): 1001-1035. 2007.


[1] Economic Value of Emergency Care Facilities (with Hojun Lee). KDI Journal of Economic Policy 36(4): 103-134. 2014.

[2] A Study on the Validity of New Debt Relief Program by the National Happiness Fund (with J. Nam, J. Park and J. Lee). Korea Review of Applied Economics 16(2): 5-31. 2014.

[3] Debt-Relief Program by the National Happiness Fund: Outcomes and Suggestions for Improvement (with J. Nam, J. Park and J. Lee). KAMCO's Review on Finance & National Assets 1(3): 2-37. 2014.

[4] Review of Studies on Living Standards in the Perspective of Economic History. Review of Economic History 55: 137-73. 2013.

[5] Population Aging and Deepening Inequality in Korea (with Hankyung Jun). Journal of Korean Economic Analysis 19(1): 71-122. 2013.

[6] Recent Status of National Expenditure for Mental Health Improvement in Korea. Journal of Budget and Policy 1(1): 67-102. 2012.

[7] Economic Fluctuation and Public Health Indicators in South Korea, 1983-2008 (with K. Kim and H. Nahm). The Korea Journal of Health Economics and Policy 16(1): 111-137. 2010.

[8] The Effect of Corporate Diversification on Performance. Korean Economic Journal 41(2): 169-200. 2002.


[1] "Health, Disease and Sanitation (with Hoyt Bleakley and Louis Cain)" in Oxford Handbook of American Economic History edited by Louis Cain, Price Fishback and Paul Rhode. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

[2] "Effective and Sustainable Fiscal Policy for Korea" in Forecast for 2017 Korean Economy edited by Keun Lee et al., Seoul: Book 21, 339-346, 2016.

[3] "Introduction (with Bernard Harris and Roderick Floud)" in Health, Mortality, and the Standard of Living in Europe and North America since 1700 edited by Roderick Floud, Robert Fogel, Bernard Harris and Sok Chul Hong. UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, xiii-xlii. 2014.

[4] "Population Aging and Change in Health Expenditure" in Korean Social Trends 2014 edited by Statistical Research Institute, 202-209. 2014.

[5] "Population Aging and Inequality in Income and Expenditure"  in Korean Social Trends 2013 edited by Statistical Research Institute, 173-181. 2013.


[1] "Artemisia Annua, Artemisinin, ACTs and Malaria Control in Africa: Tradition, Science and Public Policy" by Dana G. Dalrymple (Washington: Politics and Prose, 2012), Journal of Economic History 74(1): 304-6. 2014.

[2] "Why the West Rules? for Now" by Ian Morris (New York: Picador, 2011), Review of Economic History 55: 331-6. 2013.


[1] Phelps, Charles E., Health Economics (5th Edition), Prentice Hall, 2012 (Translation into Korean with Sangho Moon, Wankyo Chung, and Changik Jo / Seoul: Sigma Press, 2013).


[1] Shortened Lifespan: A Legacy of Exposure to Malaria Risk in Early Life

[2] When the Race between Education and Technology Goes Backwards: The Post-bellum Decline of White School Attendance in the Southern US (with Hoyt Bleakley).

[3] Inter-Urban Health Disparities: Survival in the Wards of 19th Century American Cities (with Louis Cain and Carlos Villareal).

[4] The Puzzle of Declining Birth Weight (with Jungmin Lee).

[5] Effectiveness of Official Development Assistance for Tuberculosis Controls by Governance of Recipients (with Hye-Seung Wee and Minah Kang).

[6] The Socioeconomic Gradient in the Inheritance of Longevity: A Study of American Genealogies (with Jiwon Park).

[7] The Long-Term Human Toll of Natural Disasters: A Study of Fetal Exposure to the 1974 Super Outbreak (with Dongyoung Kim and Eutteum Lee).

[8] Food for Thought: Comparing Estimates of Food Availability in England and Wales, 1700-1914 (with Bernard Harris and Roderick Floud). NBER Working Paper w20177. May 2014.

[9] Diet, Health and Work Intensity in England and Wales, 1700-1914 (with Bernard Harris, Roderick Floud, and Robert Fogel). NBER Working Paper w15875. April 2010.


Last Updated in November, 2016.




Department of Economics

Seoul National University

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