Jinkook Lee

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Ph.D. in family economics, Ohio State University

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Jinkook Lee is an adjunct staff member at the RAND Corporation. Before joining RAND, she was a professor at Ohio State University and has held visiting positions at Federal Reserve Board and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research expertise includes economics of aging, family economics, and consumer finances, with particular interests in health, retirement, and well-being of the elderly. Her recent publications focus on education gradients in health and their potential pathways in various policy environments and cultures. She has developed several large-scale, multidisciplinary longitudinal studies and has been a co–principal investigator of the Longitudinal Aging Study in India since its inception. Lee leads the research network of the Health and Retirement Studies around the world and has developed the Survey Meta Data Repository with her colleagues at RAND. Lee received her Ph.D. in family economics from Ohio State University.

Recent Projects

  • Harmonization of population surveys on aging, health, and retirement
  • Survey Meta Data Repository
  • Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI)
  • International comparisons of well-being
  • Socioeconomic gradients of health in developing countries

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)

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., & 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

Lee, J., "Data set for pension and health: Data collection and sharing for policy design," International Social Security Review, 63(3-4):197-222, 2010

Lee, J. & Y. Lee, "Old-age Income Security and Private Transfers in Korea," Journal of Population Aging and Social Policy, 21(4):393-407, 2009

Lee, J. & J. Smith, "Work, retirement, and depression," Journal of Population Ageing, 2:57-71, 2009

Lee, J. & H. Kim, "A Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of Chronic Conditions on Wealth of Elders," Journal of Populaiton Economics, 21(1):217-230, 2008