Jihoon Sung

I am an Economics PhD student at Yale University.

I am interested in growth, firm dynamics, and international trade. I study how firms can help an economy grow and how governments can make firms better in doing so. More specifically, I want to answer why allocative efficiency in advanced economies is worsening and why their productivity growth is slowing. I want to investigate what firm characteristics account for misallocation and design policies that can improve allocation. In addition, I want to uncover the underlying sources of comparative advantage, such as culture and national identity, and study how dynamism in comparative advantage can lead to growth, which may unleash new sources of gains from trade.

Before joining the PhD program, I was a Research Professional at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics, with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa.