Seung Mo Choi is an Economist at the IMF Institute for Capacity Development. His research in finance and macroeconomics is published in journals such as International Economic Review and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. At IMF, he provided training and developed curriculum, for the officials at central banks and ministries of finance of member countries, on financial inclusion, early warning exercise, monetary and exchange rate policies, and other policy issues. He also joined an Article-IV mission to Estonia, covering financial and monetary sectors. Prior to joining the IMF, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington State University in 2008-12. He obtained a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 2008 and a B.A. in economics from Seoul National University in 1999.
Personal WebPage: https://sites.google.com/site/seungmochoi/
2002 – 2008: Ph.D. in Economics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. (Committee Chair: Robert E. Lucas, Jr.)
2002 – 2003: M.A. in Economics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
1995 – 1999: B.A. in Economics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
2008 – 2012: Assistant Professor, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
Awards and Honors:
2010 – 2011: Washington State University Seed Grant.
2007 – 2008: Esther and T.W. Schultz Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago.
2006: Doolittle-Harrison Fellowship, University of Chicago.
2004: Martin and Margaret Lee Prize (for the performance in Money and Banking Preliminary Exam), University of Chicago, 2004.
2002 – 2007: Doctoral Study Abroad Scholarship, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies.
1997 – 1999: Undergraduate College Student Scholarship, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies.
2012 – now: Economist, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, USA.
Other Professional Positions:
2012 – now: Adjunct Professor, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
2012 (summer): Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 (summer): Visiting Scholar, School of International Studies, Liaoning University, Shenyang, Liaoning, China.
2005 – 2008: Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
2004 (summer): Intern, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines.
2001 – 2002: Research Assistant, Korea Fixed Income Research Institute, Seoul, Korea.
IMF (2011, 2012, 2013), University of Washington (2010), University of Tokyo (2012), Singapore Management University (2013), Seoul National University (2010), Seoul National University - College of Business (2011), Sogang University (2010), Konkuk University (2011), Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (2013).
Training courses for the officials of the IMF’s member countries: Financial Inclusion (2013), Financial Market Analysis (2013), Monetary and Exchange Rate Policies (2013), Financial Programming with Thailand Case Study (2013), Financial Programming with Turkey Case Study (2013), Macroeconomic Diagnostics (2012).
Ph.D.-level courses: First-Year Macroeconomics, emphasizing Growth and Asset Pricing (Washington State University, 2009-2012), Finance (Liaoning University, 2011).
Undergraduate courses: Money and Banking (Washington State University, 2008-2011), Economic Development (Washington State University, 2009-2011), Intermediate Macroeconomics (University of Chicago, 2005-2008).
Other Published Materials
Choi, Seung Mo, and Hwagyun Kim (2014), “Momentum Effect as Part of a Market Equilibrium,” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming.
Choi, Seung Mo, Daniel Toro González, and Peter Gray (2013), “International Technology Adoption, R&D, and Productivity Growth,” B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics (Contributions), 13(1), 331-354.
St. Brown, Max, Seung Mo Choi, and Hyung Seok Kim (2012), “Korean Economic Integration: Prospects and Pitfalls,” International Economic Journal, 26(3), 471-485.
Choi, Seung Mo (2011), “How Large Are Learning Externalities?” International Economic Review, 52(4), 1077-1103.
Choi, Seung Mo (2010), “Institutional Foundations for Economic Growth,” Collection of Essays on the Issues of Asia, 8, 25-40. (Keynote Speech, Northeast Asia Forum 2010, organized by the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies and Liaoning University, Shenyang, Liaoning, China.)