Kim, Byung-Yeon

Position : IPUS Director
Research interests : Transition Economics

Byung-Yeon Kim is Director of Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University (SNU) and Professor in Department of Economics. His research interests lie in the fields of transition economics, in particular with reference to North Korea as well as former socialist countries. He received B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University, and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. He published a number of articles in international journals such as Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic History and the British Journal of Political Science. His new book on North Korean economy was published by Cambridge University Press (Unveiling the North Korean Economy, 2017). He wrote a numerous book chapters, books, and journal articles on the North Korean economy. He has been awarded with National Academy of Sciences Academic Award, SNU Award for Distinguished Researcher, T. S. Ashton Prize (British Economic History Society), and Chungram Award (Korean Economic Association). He has served as a member of various government committees including National Economic Advisory Council and the Presidential Committee for Unification Preparation, and has been a member of Advisory Committee for the Korean Summit and Policy Advisory Committee for Ministries of Unification and Foreign Affairs. He is a regular columnist in a major S. Korean newspaper mostly on North Korean issues.