Dr. Ayoung Kim is a regional economist working on community economic development related to regional productivity, firm-level economic performance, policy evaluation, and regional-economic analysis. Her main research interests are toward analyzing regional/community economic performance and local socio-economic issues, and the development of associated economic policies. Dr. Kim is concentrating her research efforts in three main areas:
- analytical and empirical frameworks for spatial-industrial systems to address economic externalities caused by regional characteristics;
- regional socio-economic impacts in terms of the local economy, migration, population change, and labor markets due to extreme events (e.g., natural disasters or economic recessions); and
- development of spatial-economic analysis tools addressing regional/firm economic performance.