Welcome to my website!

My name is Sun Kyoung Lee, and I usually go by “Sun (\ˈsən\).” I received my Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 2019. I am a postdoctoral associate at the Economic Growth Center and the Department of Economics at Yale University. I will join the University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Center, as a Research Assistant Professor, starting in Fall 2022.

My current research focuses on Economic History and Spatial Economics with Big Data. I’ve extensively worked on implementing the machine-learning and GIS-based approach to connect large datasets. My research touches upon issues of inequality, racial segregation, urban development, transit infrastructure policies and land-use policies called “zoning”, and intergenerational mobility. For example, my Job Market Paper titled When Cities Grow: Urban Planning and Segregation in the Prewar US” studies how the government’s urban planning policies may have segregated America during its era of unprecedented economic and population growth.

Contact Information

Economic Growth Center
27 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
(Rarely, I have trouble receiving emails to this address; so if it’s time-sensitive/you didn’t hear back from me in 2-3 business days, please also send the same email to sun.lee@columbia.edu )