Douglass C. North Distinguished Professor of Economics, Arts & Sciences
Yongseok Shin earned his BA from Seoul National University in 1999, and his PhD in economics from Stanford University in 2004. Prior to joining Washington University in 2008, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Shin is a macroeconomist, but his research draws heavily on micro-level data and emphasizes how the decision making by individual workers and firms shapes the aggregate economy. His earlier research focused on the role of financial markets in economic development. His current projects study the impact of technological progress on economic inequality, especially in the labor market. He also works on the topics of international migration and economic integration, of which an important application is the reunification of North and South Korea. Professor Shin is also a Research Fellow of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has served in leadership positions for associations of Korean economists and has strong ties to the economics departments of the three McDonnell partner universities in Korea.