University of Maryland and MPRC, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Assistant Professor, Economics, University of Maryland (College Park); Faculty Affiliate, Maryland Population Research Center, USA
Labor/public, development, family economics, market design, and applied econometrics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Consultant, Asian Development Bank, Philippines (2015); Deputy Director, International Finance Bureau, Ministry of Finance, South Korea (1999–2002); Intern, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA (2005 summer)
Research Fellow, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, USA (2011–2012); Visiting Professor, Hitotsubanish University, Tokyo, Japan (2013); Visiting Professor, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea (2012)
PhD Economics, Stanford University, 2008
“Effect of online dating on marital sorting.” Journal of Applied Econometrics (Forthcoming).
“Multiple testing and heterogeneous treatment effects: Re-evaluating the effect of progress on school enrollment.” Journal of Applied Econometrics 29:4 (2014): 612–626 (with A. Shaikh).
“Propose with a rose? Signaling in internet dating markets.” Experimental Economics (Forthcoming) (with M. Niederle).
“Do single-sex schools make girls more competitive?” Economics Letters 124:3 (2014): 474–477 (with M. Niederle and N. Kang).
“Education’s role in China’s structural transformation.” Journal of Development Economics March (2013): 148–166 (with B. Malin).
Despite the large returns from an attractive appearance, the cost-effectiveness of investment in beauty is ambiguousSoohyung Lee, October 2015Being beautiful gives a person an advantage in many settings. Attractive people earn more and have an easier time getting hired. People spend large amounts of money on goods and services to enhance their beauty. Is this enhancement worth pursuing? Research suggests that the expected improvement in beauty from these goods and services is limited. Therefore, despite the large returns from having an attractive appearance, the cost-effectiveness of investment in beauty enhancement is ambiguous. For the average person, the monetary benefits of plastic surgery, medical treatments to increase height, and expensive clothing are not worth the cost.MoreLess