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ACADEMIC POSITION (including scheduled)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University,  2023 - 2024

 (Louis A. Simpson Center for the Study of Macroeconomics, Department of Economics)

Assistant Professor of Economics, Pennsylvania State University,  2024 - 



Ph.D., Economics, University of Maryland 2023

M.A., Economics, University of Maryland 2019

M.A., Economics, Seoul National University, South Korea 2017

B.A.,  Economics, Summa Cum Laude, Seoul National University, South Korea2015  

FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION                                                 


​Macroeconomics, Firm Dynamics, Innovation, Economic Growth, Labor

WORKING PAPERS                                

“Workers' Job Prospects and Young Firm Dynamics” (Job Market Paper)

“Competition, Firm Innovation, and Growth under Imperfect Technology Spillovers”, with Karam Jo


“Improving Patent Assignee-Firm Bridge with Web Search Results”, with Karam Jo and Yuheng Ding

“Product Switching and Young Firm Dynamics over the Business Cycle”, with Karam Jo




"Cyclical Dynamics of Young Firms through the lens of Workers' Job Prospects"

"Measuring Real Sales and Inflation: Official Statistics vs Economics Transactions Data", with Gabriel Ehrlich, John Haltiwanger, David Johnson, Jake Kramer, Michael A. Navarrete, Edward Olivares, R. Benjamin Rodriguez, and Matthew Shapiro

“Geospatial Heterogeneity in Inflation: A Market Concentration Story”, with Michael A. Navarrete





“Sectoral Heterogeneity in Nominal Rigidities in Korea: Implications for Monetary Policy”, with Jae Won Lee, 

Korean Economic Review Volume 36, Number 1, Winter 2020, 59-99. [Journal Page] (Predoctoral Research)


RESEARCH AND RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE                              


Special Sworn Status (SSS) Researcher, U.S. Census Bureau2020 -

PhD Fellow, Workshop on Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation2021 - 2023

Research Assistant, Prof. John Haltiwanger, University of Maryland2020 - 2023

Dissertation Fellow, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago2022 

Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp, NBER2020

PhD Intern, Fund Internship Program, International Monetary Fund2020

Research Associate, The Bank of Korea Economic Research Institute2017

Research Assistant, Prof. Jae Won Lee, Seoul National University2016



University of Maryland                                                                                                    

Instructor, Principles of Macroeconomics (undergrad)Summer 2019 - 2020, Winter 2020

Instructor, Macro Comprehensive Exam Session (Ph.D. core)Summer 2019 - 2020

Teaching Assistant, Macroeconomic Analysis II (Ph.D. core)Spring 2019 - 2020

Teaching Assistant, Macroeconomic Analysis I (Ph.D. core)Fall 2018 - 2019

Teaching Assistant, Money and Banking (undergrad)Spring 2018

Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Macroeconomics (undergrad)Fall 2017




Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Assistance Funds2020 - 2023

Graduate Assistantship, Department of Economics, University of Maryland2017 - 2023

Best Job Market Paper Award, Korea-America Economic Association2022

Best Paper in Entrepreneurial Cognition, Finalist, Academy of Management and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation2022

American Economic Association Summer Dissertation Fellowship2022

BSOS Dean’s Research Initiative Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Maryland2022

Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant, University of Maryland2022

Royal Economic Society Conference Award2021

International Conference Student Support Award, University of Maryland2021

Hayak Fund for Scholars, Institute for Human Studies2020

BSOS Dean’s Research Initiative Travel Grant, University of Maryland2020

National Research Fellowship for Humanities, Korea Student Aid Foundation2016

Graduate Assistantship, Department of Economics, Seoul National University2015 - 2016

Brain Korea 21+ Scholarship, Seoul National University2015 - 2016

Merit-based Scholarship, Seoul National University2012 - 2014

Superior Academic Performance Scholarship, Seoul National University2010


CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS (* scheduled, † co-author presented, § virtual)


2023: University of Michigan, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Penn State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, SUNY at Buffalo, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, City University of Hong Kong§, Korea Development Institute§, OECD§, Hong Kong University (declined), WEAI International Conference§, SOLE (Philadelphia), Midwest Macro Spring 2023 Meeting (Clemson), Yonsei University*, Society for Economic Dynamics 2023 (Cartagena)*, WEAI Annual Conference*§, KER-KAEA International Conference (Yeosu)*, AMES 2023 (Singapore)*, AIEA-NBER Conference (Taipei)*, EEA-ESEM 2023 (Barcelona)*, APPAM 2023 Fall Research Conference (Atlanta)*, SEA Annual Meeting (New Orleans)*


2022: MEA Annual Meeting (Minneapolis), U.S. Census CES Seminar†§, North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society 2022 (Miami), Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society 2022§, RES Symposium of Junior Researchers 2022§, WEAI Annual Conference§, Australasian Meeting of the Econometric Society 2022§, Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Seattle, invited as the Best Paper Award finalist), Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Young Economist Symposium 2022 (Yale), U.S. Census CES Seminar§, 2022 FSRDC Annual Research Conference (Kansas City Fed)†, Korean Econometric Society 2022 Fall Conference (SNU)†, Economics Graduate Student Conference 2022 (WUSTL), KAEA Job Market Conference§, Midwest Macro Fall 2022 Meeting (SMU), SEA Annual Meeting (Fort Lauderdale), Minneapolis Fed Junior Scholar Conference, Korea International Economic Association 2022 Winter Conference (SNU)†


2021: WEAI Virtual International Conference†§, RES 2021 Annual Meeting§, WEAI Annual Conference§, Economics Graduate Student Conference 2021 (WUSTL), Sejong University†, European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society 2021§



Co-organizer of the Student-led Workshop on Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation (SEFI)


COMPUTATION SKILLS                     


Eviews, Fortran, MATLAB, SAS, Stata, R




Korean (native), English (fluent), Chinese, French (basic)



김슬아 (Legal name in Korean); Born in Seoul, South Korea; Married

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