Sun Joong Kim

Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Kenny
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I decided to join the University Scholars Program because I knew this opportunity would allow me to stand out as a student. Also, I can have the chance to research my topic and find answers to questions I have relevant to my topic."





Research Interests

  • N/A

Academic Awards

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's List (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
  • Fisher School of Accounting Dean's List (Fall 2014)
  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship


  • Fightin' Gator Marching Band
  • Dance Marathon
  • Gators Against Human Trafficking


  • MOSI
  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • American Red Cross

Hobbies and Interests

  • Marching Band
  • Church

Research Description

The Effects of Governments on Economic Development
The topic that I plan to conduct research on is the effects of different government types such as capitalistic democracy, communism, and fascism/dictatorships on the economic development of nations. Historically, governments affect economic development. In the case of North Korea, the nation’s communist government failed to develop the country’s economy and prevent the high poverty levels the nation has. Another notable case, however, is South Korea which, under President Park Chung-Hee, became an authoritarian government which led the nation to its current economic prosperity. Examples like South Korea raise the question whether adopting nondemocratic governments or actions is justifiable. To address this question, I will analyze how different types of governments affected a nation’s economic development. I would also select nations that practice these government forms such as the United States, Vietnam, South Korea, and Germany, and I would look at economic aspects such as growth rate and GDP to measure economic prosperity. By analyzing how governments affected their nations’ economic developments in the long-term and select periods, I can conclude whether such governments were effective in bringing economic prosperity. For nations with nondemocratic governments, I can deduce whether such governments are justifiable from an economic standpoint. Furthermore, I would also look into certain government actions that may have aided a nation’s economic development, such as China’s decision to adopt capitalist actions, to further analyze the extent to which government types affect a nation’s economic development. The conclusions I reach have potential applications because developing nations and developed nations with economic difficulties (Greece for example) may need to select government types that can lead to economic prosperity, and the research I would conduct with the help of the University Scholars Program may provide information regarding this matter.