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Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis presents


Education matters


Public lecture


4th September 2015


Brindabella Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Professor Jong-Wha Lee, Korea University.



In this talk, Jong-Wha Lee will discuss a new long-term data set on educational attainment of the population for 146 countries since 1870, and analyses linkages across countries and over time between education and important economic and political variables, such as economic growth, fertility, and democracy. This lecture is based on the author’s recent book, Education and Modernization Worldwide: From the 19th through 20th Century with Robert J Barro (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Jong-Wha Lee is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University and he is also Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA). He served as a senior adviser for international economic affairs to former President of South Korea. He was also previously Chief Economist and Head of the Office of Regional Economic Integration at the Asian Development Bank and an economist at the International Monetary Fund. He has taught at The Australian National University, Harvard University and Peking University and served as a consultant to the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank.

Lee has written and published extensively on topics relating to human capital, growth, financial crises, and economic integration in leading academic journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He was awarded Cheongram Prize (best young Korean economist) and Maekyung Economist Award in 1997. He is a regular columnist for Project Syndicate and Korea Joongang Daily.

A citizen of the Republic of Korea, Professor Lee obtained his PhD and Master’s degree in Economics from Harvard University, and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in economics from Korea University in Seoul.

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