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Jong-Wha Lee

Professor, Korea University, South Korea


Jong-Wha Lee is a professor of economics and director of the Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University. He served as a senior adviser for international economic affairs to the former President of the Republic of Korea. He was also previously chief economist and head of the Office of Regional Economic Integration at the Asian Development Bank and an economist at the International Monetary Fund. He has taught at Harvard University and Peking University. 

Lee has published extensively on topics relating to human capital, growth, financial crises and economic integration in leading academic journals. His most recent books include “Is this the Asian Century?” (World Scientific, 2017), “Crisis and Recovery: Learning from the Asian Experience (World Scientific, 2016), “Education Matters: Global Schooling Gains from the 19th to the 21st Century”, co-authored with R. J. Barro (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is a regular columnist for Project Syndicate. He obtained his Ph.D. and master’s degree in economics from Harvard University.