Kyung Park

Associate Professor of Economics

Research in the economics of discrimination and the economics of crime.

My research lies in the intersection of several fields including the economics of discrimination, economics of crime, economics of education, and political economy. I am especially interested in how attitudes towards minority groups lead to disparities along various market outcomes.

I teach two core courses, Econometrics (Econ 203) and Intermediate Microeconomics (Econ 201), and a seminar called Law, Policy, and Inequality (Econ 327). In the latter, we spend the semester examining various factors that contribute to the persistence of group inequality in the United States.

Outside of research and teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and cooking for them. I also like to follow the NBA although not as avidly as I used to. For the last six years, my favorite player has been Giannis Antetokounmpo by a mile.

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  • B.A., University of Chicago
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago

Current and upcoming courses

  • This course introduces students to the methods economists use to assess empirical relationships, primarily regression analysis. Issues examined include statistical significance, goodness-of-fit, dummy variables, and model assumptions. Includes an introduction to panel data models, instrumental variables, and randomized and natural experiments. Students learn to apply the concepts to data, read economic research, and write an empirical research paper.