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Yong Suk Lee is the SK Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also the Deputy Director of the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, a Faculty of the Stanford Cyber Initiative, a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Global Poverty and Development and the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University.

Lee's research is in the fields of labor economics, technology and entrepreneurship, and urban economics. His current research examines digital technology and labor, focusing on how new technologies will affect labor and how societies react to new technologies. In relation to technology and labor, Lee's research also examines various aspects of entrepreneurship, e.g., entrepreneurship and economic growth, entrepreneurship education, and factors that promote productive entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Stanford, Lee was an assistant professor of economics at Williams College in Massachusetts. He received his PhD in Economics from Brown University, a Master of Public Policy from Duke University, and bachelor's degree and master's degree in architecture from Seoul National University. Lee also worked as a real estate development consultant and architecture designer as he transitioned from architecture to economics.