Current Doctoral Students
Research Area: International Development and Trade
Education: M.S. Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, 2019
Soojung is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. She joined the Steinbach Research Group in the Summer of 2020. Her research focuses on international trade and development economics. She has particular interests in trade policy analysis from low-income country perspectives, such as low-income food-deficit countries and landlocked developing countries. She is working on development economics in the fishery industry, conducting impacts of IUU fishing on the livelihoods of small-scale fishermen in the South China Sea. Soojung is currently in the academic job market.
Research Area: Health and Environmental Economics
Education: M.S. Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
Sijia is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the economics of the environment, public policy, and human health. Sijia studies issue in empirical microeconomics, such as environmental (natural disasters) and social matters associated with maternal and infant health, both mentally and physically. She develops a comprehensive view of the external factors and the economic costs on the health of vulnerable populations (women, newborns, and children). Sijia is also involved in international trade research as she works on how duties affect global bilateral trade. Sijia will be on the job market in 2024.
Dongin (Eric) Kim
Research Areas: International Economics, Agricultural Policy Evaluation
Education: M.Sc. Management Engineering, KAIST, 2013
Dongin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on the impact of international trade and investment policies on economic outcomes. He developed a novel dataset on foreign direct investment to distinguish between vertical and horizontal investment activities. He has presented several working papers at international conferences. His research is supported by a USDA-NIFA-EWD award for 2021-2024. This research measures the impact of global trade shocks on U.S. agriculture. Dongin will join the Steinbach Research Group as a Postdoctoral Scholar in August 2023.
Research interests: International Economics
Education: M.S. Economics, North Carolina State University, 2022
Yasin is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. His research focuses on international trade, particularly on issues related to foreign trade policies, such as trade agreements and barriers and their impact on agricultural product trade. His previous research focused on the growth of Brazilian agricultural exports. He joined Dr. Steinbach’s research group in the Fall of 2022.
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Research interests: International Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Causal Policy Evaluation
Education: M.S. Quantitative Economics, Fuzhou University, 2017
Xiting is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. His research interests lie at the intersection of international trade, environmental policy, and the economics of social problems. His previous research focused on the impact of carbon emissions on China’s current socio-economic transitions. He joined Professor Steinbach’s research group in Fall 2018. He developed a particular interest in understanding the environmental impacts of trade policies, with a specific focus on Chinese environmental trade policies. Xiting’s work also assesses the implications of international trade policies and the policy impacts on various economic, social, and political issues.
Research interests: International Economics, International Finance, and Agribusiness
Education: M.A. in Forestry Economics and Management, Peking University, 2021
Zishen is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. His research focuses on international trade, international finance, and agribusiness. He currently works on the causes of shipping container shortage in U.S. ports and its effects on US agricultural products export. He joined the Steinbach Research Group in the Fall of 2022.
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