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Jaejoon Woo

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Economics
  • (312) 362-5585
  • 1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    DePaul Center 6218
    Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Degrees

PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 1999
MA, Economics, Yonsei University, 1992
BA, Economics, Yonsei University, 1990


Jaejoon Woo is an associate professor of economics in the Driehaus College of Business.

Woo served as chief Korea economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 2015 to 2017, and has published more than 145 market-oriented research notes on Korea and Economic Margin Asia. His Asia economist team attained the No. 2 and No. 3 top global spots in the Institutional Investor Survey for 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Previously, he was a senior economist (with permanent staff status) at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., where he worked on macro-fiscal issues at the height of the global financial crisis and the sovereign debt crisis in Europe. Among others, his paper on public debt and growth attracted significant attention from the policy circles, academia and news media, and was cited by 801 other research papers. He also held an economist position twice at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris from 2000 to 2002 and in 2009.

His research areas include macroeconomics, growth and productivity, sovereign debt and fiscal policy, political economy, social polarization, inequality, and international economic integration. His papers have been published in leading economics journals, such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Economica, Economic Inquiry, IMF Economic Review and Fiscal Studies.

Currently, Woo is an associate editor of the International Economic Journal, which is published by Routledge. He was also a member of the International Finance Development Council for Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Republic of Korea in 2016-18.

Besides DePaul, Woo has taught at Harvard, Helsinki School of Economics (Finland), Sciences Po (France), and DePaul’s overseas MBA programs in Bahrain, Czech Republic and Taiwan.

He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Courses & Syllabi

Spring 2020

Winter 2020

ECO 315 - Winter 2020