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ACADEMIC POSITION (including scheduled appointments)

2024 -              Assistant Professor of Economics, Pennsylvania State University

2024 -              Research Affiliate, IZA (Institute of Labor Economics)

2023 - 2024    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

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



2023                Ph.D., Economics, University of Maryland

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


2015                B.A.,  Economics, Summa Cum Laude, Seoul National University, South Korea  

FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION                                                 


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

WORKING PAPERS                                

“Workers' Job Prospects and Young Firm Dynamics” 

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


"Mega Firms and Recent Trends in the U.S. Innovation: Empirical Evidence from the U.S. Patent Data", NBER Working Paper No. 31460, with Serguey Braguinsky, Joonkyu Choi, Yuheng Ding, and Karam Jo

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

“Improving Patent Assignee-Firm Bridge with Web Search Results”, CES Working Paper No. 22-31with Yuheng Ding and Karam Jo



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

"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

“Heterogeneity in Wage and Firm Dynamics: The Role of Worker Job Prospects”



“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. (Predoctoral Research)

RESEARCH AND RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE                              


Doctoral Training Workshop on Economics of Executive Compensation, NBER, 2024 (scheduled)

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



Doctoral Research Grant, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, 2023 - 2024

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

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Assistance Funds2020 - 2023

Hayak Fund for Scholars, Institute for Human Studies2020

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

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

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


(*scheduled, †co-author presented, §virtual, ǂcanceled due to travel restrictions)

2024: ASSA 2024 Annual Meeting (San Antonio) x 2, STEG-CEPR Annual Conference 2024 (NYU Abu Dhabi), The BdE-BOC-ECB-FED Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Economics, Finance, and Central Banking (Bank of Spain), CEMFI, Princeton University, Clemson University*, Northeast Labor Symposium for Early Career Economists (Princeton)*, DC Search and Matching Conference (Federal Reserve Board)*, Rutgers University*, West Coast Search and Matching Spring Workshop (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)*, Technology and Policy Research Initiative (TPRI) Seminar*, NBER Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program Meeting Spring 2024 (Boston)*, Inha University*, Washington DC Urban Economics Day Workshop 2024 (George Washington University)*, Comparative Analysis of Enterprise Data Conference (PSU)* x 3Midwest Macro Spring 2024 Meeting (VCU Business School and Richmond Fed)*, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta*, Essex/RHUL/Bristol Junior Search and Matching Conference* (virtual), Yale Cowles Summer Conference in Macroeconomics (Yale)*, North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society 2024 (Vanderbilt University)*, Barcelona School of Economics Summer Form (BSE)* x 2, Society for Economic Dynamics 2024 (Barcelona)* x 2, CRC TR Workshop on Labor Markets (University of Mannheim)*

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 Universityǂ, IMF§, Technology and Policy Research Initiative (TPRI) Seminar†§, WEAI International Conference§, SOLE (Philadelphia), Midwest Macro Spring 2023 Meeting (Clemson) x 2, NBER Megafirms and the Economy Spring 2023 Meeting, Society for Economic Dynamics 2023 (Cartagena), KER-KAEA International Conference (Yeosu), Yonsei University, AIEA-NBER Conference (Taipei), 2023 FSRDC Annual Research Conference (Federal Reserve Board), University of Toronto, Workshop on Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation†§, 2023 FCSM Research and Policy Conference (College Park), Princeton University, CMA-Durham Workshop on Innovation, Business Dynamism, and Market Power (Durham University), Midwest Macro Fall 2023 Meeting (Texas Tech) x 2, CEPR Annual Meeting of Macroeconomics and Growth 2023 (Madrid), SEA Annual Meeting (New Orleans) x 3, NBER Innovation Information Initiative Technical Working Group (Boston)

2022: MEA Annual Meeting (Minneapolis) x 2, 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), 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§


Economic Growth through Diversity in Beliefs by Christian Heyerdahl-Larsen, Philipp K. Illeditsch, and Howard Kung, SFS Cavalcade North America (Georgia State University, scheduled), 2024

“When do Firms Profit from Wage Setting Power?” by Justin Bloesch and Birthe Larsen, Northeast Labor Symposium for Early Career Economists (Princeton, scheduled), 2024

“The Effect of Minority Bank Ownership on Minority” by Agustin Hurtado and Jung Sakong, The BdE-BOC-ECB-FED Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Economics, Finance, and Central Banking (Bank of Spain), 2024


“Productivity Slowdown and Firm Exit: The Ins and Outs of Banking Crises” by Andrea Rotarescu, ASSA Annual Meeting (San Antonio), 2024


“Bank Concentration, Product Market Competition, and Productivity Growth” by Lei Ye, MEA Annual Meeting (Minneapolis), 2022


“Specialization in a Knowledge Economy” by Yueyuan Ma, WEAI Annual Conference (virtual), 2021



Journals: Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Research Policy, Review of Economic Dynamics

Grants: STEG Small Research Grants and PhD Research Grants



Co-organizer of the Student-led Workshop on Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation (SEFI), 2021 - 2023

COMPUTATION SKILLS                     


Eviews, Fortran, MATLAB, SAS, Stata, R



Nationality: South Korea

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

Others: 김슬아 (Legal name in Korean); Born in Seoul; Married; Amateur Violinist

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