1989 B.A., Economics, Yale University
1991 M.A., Economics, Harvard University
1996 Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University
1992-1993 Korea Development Institute (KDI), Korea, Fulbright Fellow
1993-1995 Harvard University, Department of Economics,
Awards and Honors:
Harvard University Graduate Fellowship, 1989-91.
1992-1993 Fulbright International Education Dissertation Fellowship, Korea
1992-93 Social Science Research Council Fellowship for Graduate Research in Korea
1994 NCR Foundation East Asia Scholarship
1995 Economist Program
1995-1996 Economist, African Department (AFR
1996-1999 Economist, Policy Development & Review Department (PDR)
1999-2002 Economist, Division 6 (Korea and North Korea), Asia and Pacific Department (APD)
2003-2006 Resident Representative, IMF Korea
2006- Deputy Division Chief, Division 5 (Japan and Federated States of Micronesia), Asia and Pacific Department (APD)
IMF Books and Working Papers:
A Strategy for Resolving Europe's Problem Loans, Staff Discussion Notes No. 15/19, September 24, 2015
Tackling Small and Medium Enterprise Problem Loans in Europe, Staff Discussion Notes No. 15/4, March 30, 2015
A Strategy for Developing a Market for Nonperforming Loans in Italy, Working Paper No. 15/24, February 06, 2015
Raising the Consumption Tax in Japan: Why, When, How?, Staff Discussion Notes No. 11/13, June 16, 2011
“Lost Decade” in Translation:What Japan’s Crisis could Portend about Recovery from the Great Recession, Working Paper No. 09/282, December 01, 2009
From Crisis to Recovery in Korea: Strategy, Achievements, and Lessons, Working Paper No. 01/154, October 01, 2001
Other Published Materials
Kang, Kenneth, Geena Kim, and Changyong Rhee, 2005, “Developing the Government Bond Market in South Korea: History, Challenges, and Implications for Asian Countries,” Asian Economic Papers, Spring/Summer 2005, Vol. 4, No. 2.
Kang, Kenneth, 2003, “Economic History of South Korea from 1945 to the Present,” in Joel Mokyr, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History.
Kang, Kenneth, 2003, “The RCC and the Market for Distressed Debt in Japan,” in Tim Callen and Jonathan Ostry, eds., Japan’s Lost Decade, February 2003.
Kang, Kenneth and Vijaya Ramachandran, 1999, “Economic Transformation in Korea: Rapid Growth without an Agricultural Revolution?” Economic Development and Cultural Change, July, 783-801.
Kang, Kenneth, 1994, “Why do Korean Save So ‘Little’ and Why Do They Now Save So ‘Much’?” International Economic Journal, vol. 8, no. 4, Winter, 99-111.