Kang-Kook Lee is a Professor of College of Economics at Ritsumeikan University. His research interests include inequality and growth, financial globalization and the East Asian economy. He received Ph.D. in economics from University of Massachusetts and published many several books and many papers in academic journals such as Cambridge Journal of Economics and Global Economic Review. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University from 2009 to 2010. He is an editor of The Japanese Political Economy and a columnist at Hankyoreh, a Korean Newspaper.