Jinkook Lee

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Senior Economist
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Ph.D. in family economics, Ohio State University

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Jinkook Lee is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a research professor of economics and the director of the CESR Program on Global Aging, Health and Policy at the University of Southern California.

Before joining RAND and USC, Lee 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 cognition, and institutional effects on dementia care and end of life care. She received her Ph.D. in family economics from Ohio State University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Research Professor and Director, CESR Program on Global Aging, Health and Policy, University of Southern California

Recent Projects

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

Selected Publications

Lee, J., M. McGovern, D. Bloom, P. Arokiasamy, A. Risbud, J. O’Brien, V. Kale, & P. Hu, "Education, gender, and state-level disparities in the health of older Indians: Evidence from biomarker data," Economics & Human Biology, 2015

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

Angrisani, M. & J. Lee, "Health effects of short-term fluctuations in macroeconomic conditions: the case of hypertension for older Americans," Health Economics (forthcoming)

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

Fonseca, R., A. Kapteyn, J. Lee, and G. Zamarro "Does retirement make you happy? A simultaneous equations approach," in D. Wise, Insights in the Economics of Aging, National Bureau of Economic Research (forthcoming)