Misun Lim, Ph.D.

Portrait of Misun Lim
David Ausserhofer


misun.lim [at] wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Guest of the Research Department

Short bio

Misun Lim is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the “Skill Formation and Labor Markets” research unit. Her research interests are gender inequality in labor markets, social demography, cross-national comparisons, and quantitative research methods. She will contribute to the EU-Horizon 2020 project “Technological inequality – Understanding the relation between recent technological innovations and social inequalities (TECHNEQUALITY)”.  Misun received her PhD in sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds degrees from the University of Seoul and Columbia University. Until 2020, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.


2024 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Siegen, Germany

2024 Guest Researcher, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany

2020-2023 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Research Department "Skill Formation and Labor Markets" at the WZB Social Science Center Berlin, Germany 

2018-2020 Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute, Italy

2019 Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

2015 M.A. in Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

2008 Junior Researcher, The Academy of Korean Studies, South Korea

2008 M.A. in Sociology, Columbia University in the City of New York, USA

2007 B.A. in Urban Sociology, University of Seoul, South Korea

2006 Visiting Student, Boston University, USA

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Budig, Michelle J. and Misun Lim (Forthcoming). “Women, Children, and Self-Employment Cross-Nationally: Do Work-Family Policy Contexts Matter?” In Research Handbook on Self-Employment and Public Policy, Reuter, Enrico (Ed.). UK: Edward Elgar Publishing  

Lim, Misun and Dos Santos, Sascha. 2024. "The Gendered Impact of Parenthood On Job-related Training Participation in Germany and the United Kingdom". European Sociological Review, advance access, 03.05.2024, DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcae026.

Lim, Misun and Cristina Samper Mejia. 2024. Race and Cohort Differences in Family Status in the United States.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 10: 1-4. DOI: 10.1177/23780231241241041 

Budig, Michelle J. Misun Lim, and Melissa Hodges. 2021.“Racial and Gender Pay Disparities: The Role of Education.” Social Science Research 98, 102580. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2021.102580 

Lim, Misun. and Joya Misra. 2019. “Work/Life Balance.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Spillman, Lynette (Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756384-0218 

Budig, Michelle J. and Misun Lim (equal authorship). 2016. “Cohort Differences and the Marriage Premium: Emergence of Gender-Neutral Household Specialization Effects.” Journal of Marriage and Family 78(5): 1352-1370. DOI:10.1111/jomf.12326

Other Publications:

Lim, Misun. 2017. “Household Specialization, Millennials, and the Marriage Premium.” Institute for Family Studies.