Faculty note: Yunsun Huh

Assistant Prof. Yunsun Huh of Democracy and Justice Studies made two research presentations Nov. 23 at the Southern Economic Association Conference in Tampa, Fla.

One was titled “Who Comes to the U.S. and What Determines Selectivity: Educational Self-Selection of Immigrants by Gender.” Huh’s paper examines the self-selection of U.S. immigrants across 42 countries of origin, and analyzes the determinants of selectivity including home-country gender status (as measured by the UN’s Gender Empowerment Measure). She factors in differences in educational attainment between immigrants and non-migrants in the home country, gender and income inequality issues, and also migration costs.

Her second paper, co-authored with Inhyuck “Steve” Ha of Western Carolina University, is titled “Work Continuity and Job Turnover: History Event Analysis.” It examines the gender difference in work continuity and the likelihood of being unemployed during the recent economic recession. Among their findings was that, unlike previous recessions, the unemployment risk was higher for male than female. Race, family size, length of tenure in the career, educational attainment and other common factors were also analyzed.

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