Yong Suk Lee is the SK Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and deputy director of the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University.
Lee's research intersects the fields of labor, international, and urban economics with focuses on entrepreneurship and firm growth, globalization and inequality, and economic sanctions. For example, his research examines the effect of university entrepreneurship initiatives on innovation, and the impact of entrepreneurship on urban economic growth. His research relating to globalization examines how inequality in South Korea evolved after the Asian Financial Crisis, how China’s competition affects firm dynamics in Korea, and how economic sanctions effect the regional distribution of economic activity in North Korea.
Prior to joining Stanford, Lee was an assistant professor of economics at Williams College in Massachusetts. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in architecture from Seoul National University, a master of public policy from Duke University, and a doctorate in economics from Brown University. Lee also worked as a real estate development consultant and architecture designer as he transitioned from architecture to economics.