On behalf of the Korean Economic Association (KEA), I welcome you to the KEA International Conference, held in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the KEA. Since its establishment in Pusan, Republic of Korea, on November 30 1952, the KEA has been a leading economic society that promotes research activities in Korea through publication of academic journals, organization of academic conferences, and exchanges with domestic and foreign research institutes. Now it is Korea’s representative economic association with more than 5,000 individual members.
Today’s conference is held as a hybrid due to COVID-19 pandemic. Many prominent scholars will present recent academic research papers and participate in discussions. The conference will also have special sessions on major economic issues of Korea and the global economy in the post-COVID era.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Korea-America Economic Association, the Korea Development Institute, the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, and Korea University for co-hosting this conference. Also, I would like to convey my earnest appreciation to the presidents of the economic associations in Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore, the director of the research department at the Asian Development Bank and the director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis at Australian National University, who attend this event and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the KEA. The KEA will continue to build partnerships with the research associations in Asia and around the world.
This conference would not have been possible without the efforts of our dedicated colleagues. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Professors Jinil Kim and Sun-Bin Kim, co-chairs of the organizing committee, and Professor Yunjong Eo and other members.
I look forward to the continued contributions of our academics and hope that this conference can serve as an important venue not only to exchange academic ideas but also contribute to solving problems and challenges facing our economy. Thank you again for your interest and participation, and wish you have most fruitful and constructive time at this conference.
President, The Korean Economic Association