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KJ (Kyoung Jin) Choi

Area Chair and Associate Professor of Finance, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

KJ (Kyoung Jin) Choi is an Assosiate Professor of Finance at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. He joined the faculty in July 2011. KJ holds a PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, a PhD in Mathematics from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and a BS in Mathematics from Pohang University in Science and Technology (POSTECH). Previously he has held the position at the Korea Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS).

KJ's diverse research interests span the realms of real and financial investments, Fintech with a focus on blockchain technology, and Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). His academic pursuits also extend to dynamic contracting and consumption analysis.

In his recent studies, KJ has delved into the intricacies of optimal staking and investment strategies within cryptocurrency markets. He has contributed to the field of mechanism design as applied to decentralized platforms, as well as the domain of algorithmic stablecoins on blockchain platforms. Furthermore, KJ has examined the potential implications stemming from the introduction of CBDCs on the broader financial landscape. His contributions extend beyond theoretical research, as he actively participated in the Model X project with the Bank of Canada. His involvement centered on shaping the architectural framework for the Canadian CBDC. Additionally, KJ's work has explored the nuanced interplay between heterogeneous consumption patterns and their influence on asset returns. His prior work has been published at various economics, business, and finance journals.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Finance, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary


  • 2011 
    Washington University in St. Louise, Ph.D. in Economics