Focus Areas: macroeconomics, economic growth, human capital, Asia

Jong-Wha Lee is currently a professor of economics at Korea University and teaches Economic Growth in Asia as a visiting professor at SIPA, Columbia University. During 2007-2010, Dr. Lee served as Chief Economist and Director General of Economics and Research Department at the Asian Development Bank. He also served as a senior adviser for international economic affairs to former president of the Republic of Korea during 2011-2013.

He has taught at Australian National University, Harvard University and Peking University and served as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank.

Lee has written and published extensively on topics relating to human capital, growth, financial crises, and economic integration in leading academic journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He is a regular columnist for Project Syndicate and Korea Joongang Daily.

Research & Publications

April 2019|Asian Economic Policy Review|Jong-Wha Lee, Warwick McKibbin

Korean Unification: Economic Adjustments under German Assumptions

October 2017|World Scientific Publishing|Jong-Wha Lee

Is This the Asian Century?

September 2016|Journal of Development Economics|Jong-Wha Lee, Hanol Lee

Human capital in the long run

January 2015|Oxford University Press|Jong-Wha Lee, Robert Barro

Education matters: Global schooling gains from the 19th to the 21st century