Masters of Science in Applied Economics

Bryant University Economics Professor Jongsung Kim publishes research on the affect of Free Trade Agreements on Income Inequality.

The number of Free Trade Agreements between countries has greatly increased during the last two decades. Despite numerous studies on the effect of trade on income inequality, a possible linkage between Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and income inequality had not been thoroughly examined. This study, from Bryant University Professor Jongsung Kim in collaboration with Jae-Jwa Lee of Dongguk University, concluded that the number of FTA notifications to the WTO for both goods- and service-related trade, does have an effect on income inequality, but overall trade openness does not.