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Yoon Lee

Yoon Lee, PhD


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Lee is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University. She is a Consumer and Family economist interested in household debt, saving, and credit use decisions and relevant policy issues. She has taught a number of different classes for the HDFS Department over the past 15 years including: Consumer and the Market, Family Economic Issues, Consumer Credit Problems, Family Financial Problems, and Consumer Science Theories. Her research centers on family financial behavior and issues, with an emphasis on women, baby boomers, and the elderly. Dr. Lee’s second research project is related to family-owned businesses and her research interests include the issue of succession planning in small family firms, gender comparisons and business success, and the adjustment strategies adopted in minority-owned family firms. Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, and watching movies.


  • PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia (Consumer and Family Economics), 1995
  • MS, University of Utah (Family Ecology), 1990
  • BS, Kookmin University Seoul, Korea (Household Management), 1983

Research Interests

My current research projects in the area of family finance focus on topics such as credit card attitudes, the relationship between health and financial well-being, gender differences in portfolio choices, the connection between self-employment and portfolio framework, and inter-generational finance transfer.

My current research projects in the area of family-owned businesses include the effect of natural disasters on survival status of small businesses, how the goals set by business owners affect the entrepreneurial success of immigrant business owners, the influence of disaster assistance on family and business success, cash flow problems and financial intermingling in small family firms, the impact of disasters on family response and adjustment, and factors associated with business success over time.