I was born in Seoul, South Korea, on 7 October, 1963 (there are stories about what life was like in South Korea in my youth in the Prologue of my book, Bad Samaritans). I came to the UK as a graduate student at the Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge in 1986. I earned my PhD in 1992. I have been teaching economics at the Faculty of Economics (as it is called now) and the Development Studies programme at the University of Cambridge since 1990.
I still keep my Korean nationality, but Britain is now my second home. I am still not convinced by the weather and cricket (as a good short-tempered Korean, I don’t have the patience for a game that lasts for five days), but I have come to like HP sauce and Branston pickle.
I live in Cambridge with my wife, Hee-Jeong Kim, and two children, Yuna, and Jin-Gyu, who sometimes feature in my writings, but with no dog (most British authors seem to live with a dog – or three).
If you want to know find out what some other people think of me please visit my wikipedia page
I’ve set up this website, in addition to my university website, for people who want to know a little more about me.
I am afraid many of you may be disappointed. I don’t do extreme sports, I am not a hi-tech buff, I am not a secret expert on 18th-century maps, and I don’t even do gardening. Unless you are mainly interested in my economics, the only thing that is interesting on this website would be the section, ‘Non-economists I like to read’ under ‘Influences’.
Still, please enjoy the site. It would be at least more informative and interesting than my university website!