Professor of Economics at Seoul National University
Kim Byung-Yeon is Professor in Department of Economics, Seoul National University (SNU). His research interests lie in the fields of transition economics and applied econometrics, 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 has held faculty positions at University of Essex and Sogang University. He has been a visiting researcher at various institutions such as University of California at Berkeley, University of Oxford, and Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He published a number of articles in international journals such as Journal of Comparative Economics, British Journal of Political Science and Journal of Economic History. His new book on North Korean economy was recently published by Cambridge University Press (Unveiling the North Korean Economy, 2017). He wrote numerous book chapters, books, and journal articles on the North Korean economy.
He has been awarded with T. S. Ashton Prize (Economic History Society), Chungram Award (Korean Economic Association) and Distinguished Researcher in Humanities and Social Sciences of Rep. of Korea (National Research Foundation). He has served as a member of various government committees including National Economic Advisory Council and the Presidential Committee for Unification Preparation, and is a member of Advisory Committee for the Korean Summit and Policy Advisory Committee for Ministry of Unification.
He is a regular columnist in a major S. Korean newspaper mostly on North Korean issues.