Professor Aaron Seokhyun Yoon is an assistant professor at the Kellogg School of Management. He is interested in examining the role of accounting information and governance in emerging institutions and presented his research around the world, not only to academics and practitioners, but also to intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations. His works have been regularly and widely cited in media outlets such as Barron's, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
One area of Professor Yoon's research is on how to better quantify a firm's Environment Social Governance (ESG) efforts and integrate the information into equity portfolios to generate excess return. According to the Financial Times, one of his research on ESG was a turning point on how investors viewed and integrated ESG information. The methodology suggested in his research has been widely implemented by asset owners and investment managers.
Another area of his research is on the emerging markets. In his dissertation, for example, he examined how Chinese firms met foreign institutional investors privately through the host of reputable foreign brokers to overcome the weak institutional environment. This work was selected as the best international accounting dissertation from the American Accounting Association in 2019.
Professor Yoon currently teaches Financial Accounting Core (ACCT 430) to Kellogg MBA students and received MBA Chair's Core Teaching Award in 2020.
Professor Yoon earned his Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard University; he also earned his masters in Economics and bachelors in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS) from Northwestern University in four years. Prior to academia, he previously worked as an equities salestrader and research analyst at Credit Suisse, and also controlled air traffic in the 8th US Army as a Korean augmentee.