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Yoonseok Lee

Yoonseok Lee

Contact Information:


426 Eggers Hall

Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:50 - 2:40

Staff Support:

Zia Jackson


Yoonseok Lee

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Economics Department

Melvin A. Eggers Economics Faculty Scholar

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Fall 2023

ECN 621.001 Econometrics I, Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-1:50, Maxwell Hall 110

ECN 720.001 Spatial & Panel Data, Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-10:50, Eggers Hall 112

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Yale University, 2006


Yoonseok Lee is an associate professor of economics and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research. His research interests are in econometric theory and applied econometrics. His econometric theory topics focus on semi-parametric dynamic panel data models, treatment effect in panel data, many weak instrumental variables problems, and model selection in high dimensional models.

Lee's applied topics use semi-parametric panel data models to study cross country growth, environmental Kuznets curve, motorcycle helmet use regulation, smoking during pregnancy, medical treatment effects, crime and inequality, firm-level production function estimation, and relation between exporting and firm stock market value. For more policy-oriented topics, he is interested in social interaction models and income polarization problem. Lee received a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 2006.

Areas of Expertise

Econometric theory, applied econometrics

Research Interests

Econometric theory, semiparametric/nonlinear (dynamic) panel data models, many (weak) instrument problem, high dimensional models, social interaction and spatial dependence, income polarization

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Principle Investigator. "Nonparametric Sample Splitting." Funded by Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program. 2019-2021.