Myung-koo Kang

Email: Myung-koo.Kang@Baruch.Cuny.Edu
Phone:(646) 312-4848

Office: VC 5-275


Professor Kang was born and raised in South Korea. He studied international relations at Seoul National University, getting both B.A. and M.A. there and then studied at the University of California, Berkeley, getting both M.A. and Ph.D. He specializes in international and comparative political economy. He has conducted research on financial crises and government’s macroeconomic policy responses, both at the cross-national and Asia-specific contexts. He has published articles on financial crises and reforms in New Political Economy, World Development, Comparative Political Studies, Pacific Review, Asian Politics and Policy, Asian Survey, and others.  Before joining Baruch College in 2012, he taught at Claremont McKenna College (2008-2012) in California; held a post-doctoral fellowship from the Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University (2006-2008); was affiliated to Policy Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance of Japan as a visiting scholar 92003-04) and was a visitor scholar to the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, New Jersey) from January to August of 2010.

During the academic year of 2019-2020, Prof. Kang is on sabbatical leave.


Selected Publications

Financial Trasformation in South Korea: The role of U.S.-trained technocrats. Asian Survey, 58(4), 635-659 (2018).

The Confidence Trap: Japan's Past Bubble and China's Recent Bubble. New Political Economy, 23(1), 1-26 (2018).

Government Responses to Financial Crises: Identifying
Patterns and Policy Origins in Developing Countries
. (with Eunyoung Ha) World Development, 68, 264-281 (2015).

The Politics of Bank Bailout in Japan: A Cognitive Capture and Leadership View. The Pacific Review, 27(2), 193-215 (2014).

Creating A Capable Bureaucracy with Loyalists: The
Internal Dynamics of the Korean Developmental State, 1948-1979
. (with Yong-Chool Ha) Comparative Political Studies, 44(1), 78-108 (2011).

Is Japan Facing a Public Debt Crisis? Debt Financing and the Development of the JGB Market. Asian Politics and Policy, 2(4), 557-582 (2010).

Too Fast To Adjust: The Sequence and Consequences of Bank Restructuring in South Korea. Asian Survey, 49(2), 243-267 (2009).

Please see Professor Kang's website for his publications and other information, including his CV.

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