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Munseob Lee

Assistant Professor

Munseob Lee is an economist whose research focuses on macroeconomics, growth and development, firm dynamics, and Korea. He has researched what determines growth of firms, and especially how one-time purchases by the government can spur long-term growth of small businesses.

Lee, who is a leading faculty member in GPS’s Korea-Pacific Program, teaches courses including Fiscal and Monetary Policy and The Korean Economy.

He has been a visiting fellow at the Asian Development Bank and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Lee was a research intern at the International Monetary Fund and a sergeant in the Republic of Korea Army.

Dr. Lee’s research and interviews have been featured in well-renowned news sources such as New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, NPR, Fast Company, Telegraph, and Nikkei.

For more information, please visit Munseob Lee’s personal site.

Education and CV

Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago, 2017
B.A., Economics, Seoul National University, 2010

GPS Spotlight

Public Disclosure of COVID-19 Cases is More Effective than Lockdowns
May 25, 2020 | New research shows South Korea’s tech and privacy laws protect the vulnerable more while preserving economic stability during the pandemic.

An Immigrant Workforce Leads to Innovation, According to New UC San Diego Research
July 16, 2018 | In a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by Gaurav Khanna and Munseob Lee, the authors outline how these findings were uncovered through the use of a novel data set that combined data on H-1B workers and firm production.

Adding to a truly interdisciplinary academic environment
Sept. 15, 2017 | Meet GPS’s new assistant professor, Munseob Lee, and learn how the Asian Financial Crisis of the 1990s created a passion for economic research.

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Recent Publications

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

The Cost of Privacy: Welfare Effects of the Disclosure of COVID-19 Cases, Review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 104, Issue 1, Jan. 2022, pp.176-186, with David Argente and Chang-Tai Hsieh.

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

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.

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