Doctoral Student of the month - January 2012

Hyunjoo Kim


Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Hyunjoo Kim from Seoul, Korea. I am a PhD candidate in economics at JIBS.

How did you decide to become a doctoral student? And why did you decide to do it at JIBS?

I came to JIBS as an exchange student in the year 2006 for the first time. Out of the partnership universities that my graduate school in Korea had at that time, JIBS was the best choice for me to take courses that I was interested in statistics and economics. After finishing the exchange program, I wanted to keep studying at JIBS in the doctoral program. By the time when I was accepted as a doctoral student, I was awarded the Korean Government Scholarship for the tenure of three years, which mitigated financial concerns quite a lot.   

What are your main research interests?

My research interests lie in the fields of asset pricing and international finance. My thesis focuses on (1) risks and returns in global equity markets, (2) the behavior and determination of exchange rates and interest rates, and (3) markup adjustments of export prices due to exchange rate fluctuations. I examine relationships of the macroeconomic variables mentioned above in different time horizons by using time series techniques.  

What is the best thing with working at JIBS?

The best thing about JIBS is the friendly and cooperative environment where colleagues try to help each other with their research by making suggestions, feedbacks, and constructive criticism. It’s been a very pleasant and special place for me!