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Jaewon Lim

Assistant Professor in School of Public Policy & Leadership

Senior Fellow of Brookings Institute Mountain West

Expertise: Nevada, Demographic change, Workforce development, Labor market analysis, Sustainable economic growth, Interregional migration, Spatial data analysis, Geographic information system (GIS)


Dr. Lim is an assistant professor of School of Environmental and Public Affairs in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Before joining UNLV, Lim held positions as regional economist and affiliated faculty at the University of Arizona's Office of Economic Development and its School of Geography and Development. For four years between 2003 and 2007, he had served as a research assistant for REAL (Regional Economics Applications Laboratory) of University of Illinois at Urbana-Chmapaign, focusing on development and use of analytical models for urban and regional forecasting and economic development. 

His research interests concern urban/regional demographic and economic analysis with the tools of spatial analysis on the topics of sustainable economic development through R&D activities, technology transfer, and workforce development. His current research evolves toward the further investigation on one of the most fundamental issues in population geography and economic geography: Do people follow the jobs or do jobs follow people? The series of research efforts to identify the comprehensive framework incorporating interregional trade and demographic transformation and its regional economic impacts on a knowledge-based economy will provide some answers to these important questions.

Lim earned his PhD in regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • Ph.D. in Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007)
  • Maser of Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003)
  • BS in Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul Korea

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