Jinkook Lee is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a research professor of economics and the director of the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) Program on Global Aging, Health and Policy at the University of Southern California (USC).
Before joining RAND and USC, Lee held a professorship at Ohio State University. Her research agenda focuses on economics of aging, which has become increasingly interdisciplinary in recent years. She has co-led the development of two multidisciplinary, longitudinal population surveys, the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA) and the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI). She also leads an international data harmonization project funded by the National Institute on Aging, the Gateway to Global Aging Data (g2aging.org), a platform for population survey data on aging from 31 countries around the world.
Lee’s current research interests include late-life cognition and dementia, the determinants of late-life health and cognition, and institutional effects on dementia care and end of life care. She received her Ph.D. in family economics from Ohio State University.