Hyein Kang


Dr. Hyein Kang is a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Her current research projects include analyzing Illinois unemployment insurance wage data for the Building and Sustaining the Early Care and Education Workforce (BASE) project and estimating population counts that are eligible for childcare programs. Her research interests are labor and public economics, with a special interest in labor supply behaviors, inequality, childhood poverty programs, and understanding the impacts of government policies on low-income families.

Before joining Chapin Hall, Kang was a Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, where she conducted research on inequality, social safety net programs, and tax benefits for low-income families. Her recent research includes how child subsidy programs affects maternal employment and health. Her work examining the effects of the Child Tax Credit on maternal labor supply won a research award from the Horowitz Foundation. Kang’s research also explores how these programs impact children’s education and health outcomes in the short term and in the long term.

Kang holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and business administration from Ewha Womans University.

PhD in Economics, University of Kentucky

Master’s Degree in Economics, North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Business Administration, Ewha Womans University

Kang, H. (2022, April). The child tax credit and labor market outcomes of mothers. Paper presented at the 27th Annual SOLE Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Research Grant Award, The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, 2021