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Cultural Differences in Economic Development

January 10, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Center for Korean Studies

Economist O. Yul Kwon will present a discussion titled "Effects of Cultural Differences in Economic Development among the Four Asian Tigers."

Despite high expectations that the so-called four Asian tigers (South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong) would quickly join the ranks of the advanced economies, South Korea alone among the four had not yet achieved that level as of 2012.

Recognizing the complementarity of multiple factors shaping economic development, Professor O. Yul Kwon will discuss cultural effects on economic development. In particular, he will assess the effects of one important aspect of culture—social trust—in impeding Korea's economic development.

O. Yul Kwon retired in 2013 from Griffith University, where he held the Korea Foundation (endowed) chair in Korean studies and was director of the Australian Centre for Korean Studies for eighteen years. He is currently an adjunct professor of the Beedie School of Business and a faculty fellow for the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies of Simon Fraser University in Canada.

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