Kyoung Jin Choi

Professor KJ (Kyoung Jin) Choi


Associate Professor

Haskayne School of Business, Finance [FNCE]

Area Chair

Haskayne School of Business, Finance [FNCE]

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Educational Background

B.S. Mathematics, Postech (Pohang Univ. of Science & Tech), 1998

Doctor of Philosophy Economics, Washington Univ at St Louis, 2011

Doctor of Philosophy Mathematics, Korea Advcd Inst of Sci & Tech, 2004



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 has been teaching FinTech, Futures and Options, and Topics in Corporate Finance and Asset Pricing at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels.

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 (see his publications and current working papers here:


Course number Course title Semester
FNCE 445 Futures and Options Fall 2023
FNCE 631 FinTech Fall 2023
FNCE 799.07 Topics in Asset Pricing and Corporate Finance Fall 2023


  • Dean’s award for Unparalleled Learning Opportunities, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. 2019
  • SSHRC Insight Develpment Grant, SSHRC. 2021
  • Dean's Research Scholar Award, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. 2022
  • 2021