Hyejin Ku
Project leader

Hyejin Ku

Project Leader


Hyejin Ku is Associate Professor of Economics at University College London and Project Leader at the ROCKWOOL Foundation Berlin Institute for the Economy and the Future of Work (RFBerlin). She received her PhD in Economics from Cornell University, USA. She is affiliated with the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA). Her research interests are in labor economics and applied microeconomics. Her recent work has focused on the effects of incentive schemes and workplace policies on productivity, career progression and inequality, and on the economics of immigration. More recently, her research has focused on knowledge creation and technology adoption, in particular the implications of China's scientific rise.


Featured publications

Journal of Labor Economics, April 2022

Does minimum wage increase labor productivity? Evidence from piece rate workers

Hyejin Ku

Journal of Public Economics, November 2020

Do place-based tax incentives create jobs?

Hyejin Ku, Uta Schönberg, Ragnhild C. Schreiner

The Economic Journal, November 2019

Is China’s pollution the culprit for the choking of South Korea? Evidence from the Asian dust

Ruixue Jia, Hyejin Ku

Journal of Development Economics, June 2019

The effect of wage subsidies on piece rate workers: Evidence from the Penny Per Pound program in Florida

Hyejin Ku

Labour Economics, October 2018

Why are single-sex schools successful?

Christian Dustmann, Hyejin Ku, Do Won Kwak