Sung Soo Lim

Sung Soo Lim


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
    • Thesis Topic: Three essays on decision-making under uncertainty in developing countries.
  • M.Sc., University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison


Professor Lim was born in South Korea but completed all his undergraduate and graduate studies in the United States. He joined Calvin in 2018 after teaching at the American University in Dubai and Loyola University Maryland. In addition, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis during the recovery period following the Great Recession. During his time there, he played a crucial role in creating a set of briefing materials on the US economic conditions, which provided policy support for the Bank President and Board of Directors. Professor Lim and his wife, Eunice, have three children, all of whom enjoy playing soccer.

Academic interests

Professor Lim’s primary research area is international economic development, but his scholarly interests range widely across academic disciplines. His recent research interests lie at the intersection of economics and psychology. He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, focusing on the well-being of people living in underprivileged societies in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. He has also co-authored a book on the past, present, and future of the Middle Eastern economies.


  • Lim, SS., Bone, M., (2022), “Optimism, Debt Accumulation, and Business Growth.”, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 101828.
  • Lim, S.S., Lee, J., (2021), “Aspirations, Human Capital Investment, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty in Indonesia.” Social Indicators Research.
  • Lim, SS., (2020), “Parental Chronic Illness and Child Education: Evidence from Children in Indonesia.”, International Journal of Educational Development, 73, 102099.
  • Lim, SS., (2020), “The Effects of Chronic Illness on Aspirations and Subjective Wellbeing.”, Journal of Happiness Studies, 21(5), 1771-1793.
  • Lim, J., Lee, J. and Lim, SS., (2020), “Presumed Influence of the Anti-panhandling Campaign Messages on Promotional Behaviors and Charitable Giving.”, Journal of Promotion Management, Vol 26 (2), 207-232.
  • Lim, SS., (2019), “Migration Decisions under Ambiguity: Migration Distance Effects Revisited.”, Review of Development Economics, Vol 23 (4), 1520-1539.
  • Lim, SS., (2018), “Aspirations of Migrants and Returns to Human Capital Investment; Evidence from Indonesian Households.” Social Indicators Research, 138 (1), 317-334.
  • Lim, SS., (2017), “Consumption Vulnerability to Prolonged Illness.” Journal of International Development, Vol 29 (3), 351-369.
  • Lim, SS., (2017), “In Times of Sickness: Intra-household Labour Substitution in Rural Indonesian Households.” Journal of Development Studies, Vol 53 (6), 788-804,
  • Lim, SS., (2016), “Urbanization and Returns to Human Capital Investment.” Journal of Economics, Business and Management, Vol. 4, No 2, PP.144-148.
  • Lim, SS., (2015), “Land of Milk and Honey?: Subjective Well-being of Migrant Workers in UAE.” (in Korean) Emerics, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy.
  • Lim, SS., (2011), “A Recession Postmortem: Why Some Places Fared Better Than Others.” Fedgazette, v. 25, no. 3, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
  • Lim, SS., Winder-Nelson, A., and Arends-Kuenning, M., (2007), “Household Bargaining Power and Agricultural Household Supply Response: Evidence from Ethiopian Coffee Growers.” World Development, 35 (7), 1204-122.

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  • Lim, SS and Sohn, W., (2022), Camels, Mercedes, and Tesla: Past, Present, and Future of the Middle East Economies, Seoul: Sigma Books (In Korean).


  • Da Vinci Academy Lecture, Baekseok Culture University, South Korea, April 2023
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seoul, South Korea, Dec 2022
  • Academy of Lifelong Learning Forum, Baekseok University (online), Korea, Sep 2022
  • Eurasia Business and Economics Society Conference, Turkey (online), July 2022
  • IAREP/SABE Conference on Economic Psychology and Behavioural Economics, Dublin, Ireland, Sep 2019
  • The American Economic Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Jan 2018
  • IISES 32nd International Academic Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2017
  • INFER Workshop on Economic Growth and Sustainable Development, Athens, Greece, Sep 2016.
  • Urban Thinkers Campus, UN-Habitat, Dubai, January 2016.
  • Australia-Middle East Conference on Business and Social Sciences, Dubai, April 2016.
  • International Conference on Economics, Trade and Development, Seoul, March 2015.
  • Eurasia Business and Economics Society Conference, Barcelona, Spain, October 2014.
  • Eurasia Business and Economics Society Conference, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, January 2014.
  • CINCH, Health Economic Research Center, Essen, Germany, May 2013.

Professional services

Professor Lim is an editorial board member of Humanities & Social Sciences Communications.


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