Areas of Expertise:
Environmental and Resource Economics, Survey Design and Methods, Applied Econometrics, Water Quality, Non-Market Valuation, Revealed and Stated Preferences, Recreation Demand, Referendum, Environmental Policy, Structural Model, Integrated Assessment Models, Benefit Cost Analysis, Spatial Analysis
B.S. Ewha Womans University
M.P.P. Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management
M.A. University of Texas at Austin
Major Professor: Frank Lupi
Areas of Specialization: Environmental and Resource Economics, Applied Econometrics; Dual Major with PhD in Economics
Expected Graduation: Spring 2022
Hyunjung's research interest lies in the intersection of environmental and resource economics and public policy. Areas of her research focus on monetary valuation of changes associated with environmental quality in two aspects: (1) empirical analysis of an individual's decision-making on recreation and referendum on environmental tax, and (2) methodological contributions to improve the validity and reliability of non-market valuation methods in environmental and resource economics.
As a graduate research assistant at MSU, Hyunjung has been involved in two research grant projects and contributed to the entire research process from survey design, data collection, and econometric analysis, to research dissemination.
The first project, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, assesses measures of water quality improvement for an integrated biophysical and economic model of ecosystem services in freshwater systems related to nutrient pollution. She conducted multiple rounds of mail and online surveys and finally produced high-quality data from a Michigan general population survey on water quality and public policy issues.
Also, Hyunjung worked on Michigan Corn and Soybean Farmer surveys under a United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) grant on conservation practice and risk behavior of farmers. In this role, she was responsible for survey design and implementation, data processing, as well as preliminary analysis. With an interdisciplinary group of researchers, Hyunjung studied water quality production models characterizing nitrogen and phosphorous loadings in agro-ecosystems.
Before coming to AFRE, Hyunjung completed her master's degree in Economics in Austin, Texas. She also pursued a master’s degree in public policy, specializing in regional development and environmental policy from KDI School of Public Policy, a NASPAA-accredited institution under a leading economic think tank in Korea. Throughout the program, Hyunjung built a solid economic foundation and was exposed to diverse cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world.
Hyunjung has spent extended time in the United Kingdom, Thailand, Belgium, and Germany for work and study. Outside of academia, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and painting.