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Munseob Lee

Munseob Lee is an assistant professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. 

Lee has researched what determines growth of firms, and especially how one-time purchase by government can spur long-term growth of small businesses in Korea. Additionally, Lee has investigated how to measure real income inequality that accounts for differences in the cost of living. He found that high-income households experienced a lower cost of living inflation than low-income households during the Great Recession in the United States.

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Lee was a short-term visitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, a research intern at the International Monetary Fund, and a sergeant in the Republic of Korea Army. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

  • Macroeconomics
  • Growth and development
  • Firm dynamics
  • Korea
Argente, David, and Munseob Lee. 2017. "Cost of Living Inequality during the Great Recession. Kilts Center for Marketing at Chicago Booth – Nielsen Dataset Paper Series 1-032. March 1.
Argente, David, Munseob Lee, and Sara Moreira, 2019. "How Do Firms Grow? The Life Cycle of Products Matters." Working paper, February 26.
Lee, Munseob. 2016. "Allocation of Female Talent and Cross-Country Productivity Differences." Working paper, June 1.