Jinkook Lee

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Adjunct Senior Economist; Director, Center for Korean Studies
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Ph.D. in family economics, Ohio State University

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Jinkook Lee is an adjunct senior economist and director of the Center for Korean Studies at the RAND Corporation. She is also the director of the Program on Global Aging, Health and Policy at the University of Southern California. Before joining RAND and USC, she held a professorship at Ohio State University. Her research agenda focuses on economics of aging, which has become increasingly interdisciplinary in recent years. She has co-led the development of two multidisciplinary, longitudinal population surveys, the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA) and the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI). She also leads an international data harmonization project funded by the National Institute on Aging, the Gateway to Global Aging Data (g2aging.org), a platform for population survey data on aging from 31 countries around the world. Lee's current research interests include late-life cognition and dementia, the determinants of late-life health and subjective well-being, and policy effects on health and wellbeing of elderly in East Asia. Lee received her Ph.D. in family economics from Ohio State University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Senior Economist and Director, Program on Global Aging, Health and Policy, University of Southern California

Recent Projects

  • Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI)
  • Late-life cognition and dementia
  • International comparisons of well-being
  • Harmonization of population surveys on aging, health, and retirement
  • Gateway to Global Aging Data

Selected Publications

Lee, J., Arokiasamy, P., Chandra, A., Hu, P., Liu, J., & Feeney, K. "Markers and Drivers: Cardiovascular Health of Middle-Aged and Older Indians," in J.P. Smith and M. Majmundar, Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives, Committee on Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenge of Aging in Asia, the National Academy Press, 2012 (forthcoming)

Kapteyn, A., J. Lee, C. Tassot, H. Vonkova, & G. Zamarro, "Dimensions of Subjective Well-being," Social Indicators Research, 2014

Lee, J., R. Shih, K. Feeney, & K. Langa, "Gender disparity in late-life cognitive functioning in India: Findings from the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI)," Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2014

Lee, J. & J. Smith, "Regional disparities in adult height, educational attainment and gender difference in late-life cognition," Journal of Economics of Aging, 2014

Lee J., Paddock, S., & Feeney, K., "Emotional distress and cognitive functioning of older couples: A dyadic analysis," the Journal of Aging and Health, 24(1):113-140, 2012

Lee, J., S. Paddock, & K. Feeney, "Emotional distress and cognitive functioning of older couples: A dyadic analysis," Journal of Aging & Health, 24, 2012

Lee, J., & J. Smith, "Explanations for educational gradients in depressive symptoms of married couples - the case of Korea," Research on Aging, 20(10):1 - 26, 2011

Lee, J., & J. Smith, "The effect of health promotion on diagnosis and management of diabetes," Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 30, 2011