Moon Joon Kim

Moon Joon Kim

Moon Joon Kim

Assistant Professor

Environmental Economics, Health Economics, Energy Economics, Program Evaluation

Dr. Moon Joon Kim is an Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University Korea (Mason Korea). Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. in economics in 2017 from North Carolina State University. His fields of specialization are environmental economics, health economics, energy economics, and applied microeconometrics, with research primarily focused at the intersections of these. His most recent work applies the latest empirical microeconometric methods to investigate the causal effects of air pollution on a wide range of measures of outcomes, including health, renewable energy efficiency, and migration decision making.

Prior to joining Mason Korea, Dr. Kim worked as a Research Professor in the Graduate School of Energy and Environment (KU-KIST Green School) at Korea University and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the International Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program and the Division of Social Sciences at Duke Kunshan University. He also held adjunct economics positions at Elon University and North Carolina State University.


Current Research

Working papers

Unintended Consequences of Health Care Reform in South Korea: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity in Time Design, Under review.

Subsidy for Water Savings. (with Ki-Dong Kwon, Yeonjae Chang, Dae-Wook Kim, Man-Keun Kim)

How does Exposure to Fine Particles and Ozone Affect Children’s Health? Evidence from South Korea. (with Ron Shadbegian, Young-Sook Eom, Andrew Schreiber)

How do Fine Particles Affect Birth Outcomes? Evidence from South Korea. (with Young-Sook Eom, Ron Shadbegian, Yoon-Hyeong Choi, Jiyeon Shim)

Age-Specific Associations of Ozone and Fine Particulate Matter with Respiratory Hospital Visits in South Korea. (with Ron Shadbegian and Young-Sook Eom)

Work in progress

New Cost of Air Pollution: Evidence from Solar Energy.


Selected Publications

Kim, M.J. 2021. Air Pollution, Health, and Avoidance Behavior: Evidence from South Korea. Environmental and Resource Economics, 79:63–91. doi:10.1007/s10640-021-00553-1
Kim, M.J., X. Xie, and X. Zhang. 2021. How Does an Environmental Amenity Attract Voluntary Migrants? Evidence from Ambient Air Quality in China. Sustainability, 13(12):6872. doi:10.3390/su13126872
Li, B.V., M.J. Kim, W. Xu, S. Jiang, and L. Yu. 2021. Increasing Livestock Grazing, The Unintended Consequence of Community Development Funding on Giant Panda Habitat. Biological Conservation, 257:109074. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109074
Lee, E.J., Kim, M.J., and Lee, J.S. 2021. Policy Implications of the Clean Heating Transition: A Case Study of Shanxi. Energies, 14(24):8431. doi:10.3390/en14248431
Kim, M.J. 2019. The Effects of Transboundary Air Pollution from China on Ambient Air Quality in South Korea. Heliyon, 5(12):e02953. doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e02953

Grants and Fellowships

Co-Principal Investigator (PI), Aug 2022-Sep 2022, "Research on Energy Efficiency Network Evaluation and Activation," Korea Energy Economics Institute. KRW20,000,000 (US$15,000).

AERE Scholar, 2021-2022, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Co-PI, 2020, "Workshop on Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics, and Health Economics," Duke Kunshan Environmental Research Center. US$20,000.

Co-PI, 2018-2022, “A Study of Sustainable Livestock Grazing on Giant Panda Habitats and Management Measures," Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong. HK$3,868,000 (US$495,000).

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency/Environment for Development Initiative Travel Grant for the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2018.

PI, 2017-2018, “Transboundary Air Pollution Problem in East Asia," Duke Kunshan Environmental Research Center. CNY16,000 (US$2,500).


Courses Taught

ECON 103: Microeconomic Principles

ECON 296: Economics of Sustainable Development

ECON 335: Environmental Economics



Ph.D., Economics, North Carolina State University

B.A., Economics, Yonsei University


Recent Presentations

Korea Environmental Economics Association (KEEA) Annual Summer Conference, Busan 2022

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) Annual Summer Conference, Miami, FL, USA 2022

Korean Society of Climate Change Research Annual Conference, Ulsan, 2021

The 10th Congress of the Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (AAERE), Seoul National University, Seoul, 2021

American Economic Association/Allied Social Science Associations (AEA/ASSA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, United States, 2020

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) Annual Summer Conference (Virtual), 2020

American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) Virtual Conference, 2020

Korea Environmental Economics Association Annual Summer Conference, Seoul National University, Seoul, 2020


In the Media

"한국 미세먼지 5분의 1은 중국발…초미세먼지 더하면 그 이상" YTN사이언스 (YTN Science), Jan 10, 2020.

"한국 내 '입자 큰 PM10 미세먼지' 19%는 중국발 영향" 연합뉴스 (Yonhap News Agency), Jan 9, 2020.