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. At IMF, he provided training and developed curriculum, for IMF staff and the officials at central banks and ministries of finance of member countries, on macro-financial surveillance, early warning exercise, financial inclusion, monetary and exchange rate policies, and other policy issues. His also participated in a consultation mission to Estonia. Prior to joining the IMF, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington State University from 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.)
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 training courses for the officials at central banks and ministries of finance: Macro Forecasting (2014), Macro-financial Surveillance (2014), Financial Inclusion (2013), Financial Market Analysis (2013-14), Monetary and Exchange Rate Policies (2013), Financial Programming and Policies (2013), Macro Diagnostics (2012, 14).
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).
IMF Country Reports
Republic of Estonia: 2014 Article IV Consultation.
Other Published Materials
Choi, Seung Mo, Stephen Devadoss, Jeff Luckstead, and Ron C. Mittelhammer, “China’s Catch Up to the U.S. Economy: Decomposing TFP Through Investment Specific Technology and Human Capital,”Applied Economics, forthcoming.
Choi, Seung Mo, and Hwagyun Kim (2014), “Momentum Effect as Part of a Market Equilibrium,” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 49(1), 107-130.
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.)