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Yoon-Ho Alex Lee

Yoon-Ho Alex Lee

Associate Professor of Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Telephone: (213) 740-8044
Fax: (213) 740-5502
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 468
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Yoon-Ho Alex Lee teaches Securities Regulation, Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy, and Regulated Industries at USC Gould School of Law. His interests include law and economics, securities regulation, administrative law, corporations, consumer protection law, antitrust, and litigation and settlements.

Before joining USC Gould in 2012, Lee served as senior counsel and a financial economist in the Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. From 2006 to 2007, Lee clerked for the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith, where he drafted opinions for large-scale administrative cases and cases involving Fourth Amendment violations. He also has extensive teaching assistant and research experience at Yale University, Yale Law School, and Harvard University.

Lee received his BA in Mathematics from Harvard College, where he graduated, summa cum laude, and his MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University. He received his JD from Yale Law School and his PhD in Economics from Yale Graduate School.

Works in Progress

  • "Updating Priest and Klein" (with Daniel Klerman). - (SSRN)
  • "Litigation and Settlement with Correlated Two-Sided Incomplete Information" (with Daniel Klerman).
  • "Economics Models and Regulatory Remedies for the Problem of Consumer Credit” (with K. Jeremy Ko). - (SSRN)
  • "To Empower, Prohibit, or Delegate?: Regulatory Strategies for Modernizing the Consumer Credit Market” (with K. Jeremy Ko). - (bepress)
  • "Social Perception and Affirmative Action: A Game-Theoretic Analysis." - (SSRN)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Beyond Agency Core Mission,” 68 Administrative Law Review 551 (2016) (selected for presentation at the 2016 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum). - (SSRN)
  • “The Priest-Klein Hypotheses: Proofs and Generality,” (with Daniel Klerman) 47 International Review of Law and Economics 59 (2016). - (SSRN)
  • “SEC Rules, Stakeholder Interests, and Cost-Benefit Analysis,” 10 Capital Markets Law Journal 311 (2015). - (www)
  • “The Efficiency Criterion for Securities Regulation: Investor Welfare or Total Surplus?” 57 Arizona Law Review 85 (2015) (solicited for Institute of Law & Economic Policy Symposium). - (www)
  • "Inferences from Litigated Cases," (with Daniel Klerman) 43 Journal of Legal Studies 209 (2014) (lead article). - (PDF)
  • "The Economic Effect of SOX Section 404: A Corporate Insider Perspective," (with Cindy R. Alexander, Scott Bauguess, Gennaro Bernile, and Jennifer Marietta-Westberg) 56 Journal of Accounting & Economics 267 (2013). - (SSRN)
  • "An Options Approach to Agency Rulemaking,” 65 Administrative Law Review 881 (2013). - (SSRN)
  • "Consumer Mistakes in the Mortgage Market: Choosing Unwisely Versus Not Switching Wisely," (with K. Jeremny Ko) 14 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law 417 (2012). - (Hein)
  • "Competition, Consumer Welfare, and the Social Cost of Monopoly," (with Donald J. Brown) in Issues in Competition Law and Policy, pp. 409-432 (Chicago:  ABA Section on Antitrust Law, 2008), reprinted in Computational Aspects of General Equilibrium Theory: Refutable Theories Of Value. (Donald J. Brown & Felix Kubler, eds.) (New York: Springer, 2008). - (SSRN)
  • "The Economics of Regulatory Reform: Termination of Airline Computer Reservation Systems Rules," (with Cindy R. Alexander) 21 Yale Journal on Regulation 369 (2004). - (Hein)
  • "Criminal Jurisdiction Under the U.S.-Korea Status of Forces Agreement: From Problems to Proposals," 13 Journal of Transnational Law & Policy 213 (2003). - (Hein)

Other Publications

  • "Law Teaching as a Christian Experience," 5 Journal of Christian Legal Thought 6 (2015). - (www)
  • "SEC Rules, Stakeholder Interests, and Cost-Benefit Analysis," The CLS Blue Sky Blog, (2015) (solicited contribution). - (www)
  • "Foreword," Paul S. Jeon, Living Intentionally Before God: Reflections on 1 Thessalonians (2013).


June 14, 2017
Re: Daria Roithmayr

Daria Roithmayr was interviewed about the possible legal implications if President Donald Trump obstructed justice. “The probe has widened from Russian interference with US elections to possible obstruction of justice by President Trump,” Roithmayr explained. “The FBI frequently widens its investigation when it uncovers potential evidence of additional wrongdoing. That’s what has happened here. Mueller’s investigators are interviewing witnesses inside and outside the government in connection with Trump’s actions with regard to Comey and others in connection with the Russian inquiry. Mueller will make a set of findings about whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.”


Emily Ryo
April, 2017

“The Promise of a Subject-Centered Approach to Understanding Immigration Noncompliance.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 5 (2017): 285.

Abby K. Wood
April, 2017

“Measuring the Information Benefit of Campaign Finance Disclosure,” Southern California Law and Social Science (SoCLASS) Forum, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Emily Ryo
April, 2017

2017 recipient of the Andrew Carnegie fellowship, Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.