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Yong Suk Lee

Yong Suk Lee, PhD, MPP

SK Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Shorenstein APARC
Stanford University
Encina Hall, Room E309
Stanford,  CA  94305-6055
650-736-0756 (voice)
650-723-6530 (fax)

Research Interests

Economic development and growth; inequality and mobility; international relations and development and trade


Yong Suk Lee is the SK Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and a member of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) and the Korea Program at Stanford University.

Lee's research examines the process of economic development and growth from both a domestic policy and an international relations perspective. His works examine how education or business organization impacts economic development, mobility, and inequality; and how international relations impact development and trade. His studies often incorporate spatial aspects of the economy and intersects the fields of development, international, and urban economics. Lee focuses on the Asia-Pacific and is often motivated by the economic and political evolution of both South Korea and North Korea. 

Prior to joining Stanford, Lee was an assistant professor of economics at Williams College in Massachusetts. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in architecture from Seoul National University, a master of public policy from Duke University, and a doctorate in economics from Brown University. Lee also worked as a real estate development consultant and architecture designer as he transitioned from architecture to economics.


Other Affiliations

Stanford Center for International Development