Korean Studies

Dr. Seo-Young Cho




Universität Tübingen
Department of Korean Studies

 Wilhelmstr. 133.

seo-young.chospam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

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Seo-Young Cho is Aigner-Rollett Guest Professor of Gender Studies at Karl-Franzens University Graz in Austria. She is also research fellow of the KDI-FU Korea-Europe Program at FU-Berlin and lecturer of Korean Economy at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. Previously, she was junior professor of Economics at Philipps University Marburg from 2013 to 2019 and senior researcher at DIW-Berlin from 2012 to 2013.  She received her doctorate in Economics from Georg-August University Goettingen and a master's degree in Public Affairs from Columbia University in New York.

As an empirical economist, Seo-Young Cho has conducted extensive research on economic and institutional development in Korea and her current research focuses on inclusive growth in South Korea. Her research extends to topics of migration, gender, and institutions in the East Asian and global economy. To the present, she has published her articles in various international peer-reviewed journals such as World Development, European Journal of Political Economy, Social Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, International Migration, and European Journal of Law and Economics. In addition, she has completed many research projects funded by the DFG, AKS, DAAD and EU. In 2019, she was fellow of the Academy of Korean Studies and currently serves the Directorate of the Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management.

Research Interest

  • Economic Development in Korea: Inclusive Growth, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
  • Economics Analyses of Korean Society: Gender, Migration, and Institutions
  • North Korean Economy, Refugees and Integration
  • Institutional Development and Social Capital in Korea and East Asia
  • Development, Institutional, and Gender Economics, as well as New Political Economy

Academic Profile

SoSe 2020

Dept. of Korean Studies, Eberhart Karls University Tübingen

2020 - now
Aigner-Rollett Guest Professor of Gender Studies

Karl-Franzens University Graz

2020 - now
KDI-FU Korea-Europe Research Fellow

Institute of Korea Studies, Free University-Berlin

2013 - 2019
Junior Professor of Empirical Institutional Economics

Faculty of Business and Economics, Philipps-University Marburg

2012 - 2013
Senior Researcher, Dept. of Development and Security

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin)

2008 - 2011
Junior Researcher

Faculty of Economics, Georg-August University Göttingen

Dr. rer. pol. in Economics

Georg-August University Göttingen

Master of Public Administration

Columbia University, New York

Master of Arts in Sociology

Sogang University, Seoul

Bachelor of Business Administration

Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul

Courses taught

Eberhart Karls University Tübingen

  • Korean Economy and Policy
  • Social Capital and Contemporary Korean Society

Karl-Franzens University Graz

  • Gender and Migration in Globalization
  • Integrative Methods for Gender Research
  • Gender Economics

Philipps-University Marburg

  • The Rising Economies of East and Southeast Asia
  • Empirical Institutional Economics
  • Empirical Economic Research on Gender
  • Introduction to Empirical Economic Research
  • Einführung in die Datenanalyse mit STATA


Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

  • A Bride Deficit and Marriage Migration in South Korea. 2018. International Migration 56: 100-119

  • An Analysis of Sexual Violence–The Relationship between Sex Crimes and Prostitution in South Korea. 2018. Asian Development Perspectives 9 (Special Issue on Cross-Cutting Sustainable Development Goals–Gender Equality): 12–34

  • Does Gender Equality Promote Social Trust?–An Empirical Analysis. 2016. World Development 88: 175–187

  • Liberal Coercion?–Prostitution, Human Trafficking and Policy. 2016. European Journal of Law and Economics 41: 321–348

  • Human Trafficking, A Shadow of Migration–Evidence from Germany. 2015. Journal of Development Studies 51: 905–921

  • Measuring Anti-trafficking Policy–Integrating Text and Statistical Analyses. 2015. Social Science Quarterly 96: 656–683

  • Modelling for Determinants of Human Trafficking–An Empirical Analysis. 2015. Social Inclusion 3 (Special Issue on Perspectives on Human Trafficking and Modern Forms of Slavery): 2–21

  • Evaluating Policies against Human Trafficking Worldwide–An Overview and Review of the 3P Index. 2015. Journal of Human Trafficking 1 (inaugural issue, invited article): 86–99

  • International Women’s Convention, Democracy and Gender Equality. 2014. Social Science Quarterly 95: 719–739

  • The Determinants of Anti-trafficking Policies–Evidence from a New Index (with A. Dreher and E. Neumayer). 2014. Scandinavian Journal of Economics 116: 429–454

  • Integrating Equality–Globalization, Women’s Rights, and Human Trafficking. 2013. International Studies Quarterly 57: 683–697

  • Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking? (with A. Dreher and E. Neumayer). 2013. World Development 41: 67–82 (reprinted in Korean: Women and Human Rights Vol. 9, 2013. Women's Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of Korea, Seoul)

  • Compliance with the Anti-trafficking Protocol (with K. C. Vadlamannati). 2012. European Journal of Political Economy 28: 249–265

Working Papers

  • Inclusive Growth for Millennials: A Comparative Analysis between South Korea and Germany, 2020
  • An Experimental Study on the Social Identity and Trust Behaviors of North Korean Refugees, 2019, MAGKS DP. No. 25-2019, Marburg
  • Social Capital and Innovation – Can Social Trust Explain the Technological Innovation of the High-performing East Asian Economies? 2018, MAGKS DP. No. 30-2018, Marburg
  • Gender-matching School Effects on Girls’ Cognitive and Non-cognitive Performance –Empirical Evidence from South Korea. 2017, MAGKS DP. No. 38-2017, Marburg
  • The Role of Social Capital in Competition and Gender-matching Environments–Evidence from East Asian Countries. 2017. MAGKS DP. No. 23-2017, Marburg
  • Explaining Gender Differences in Confidence and Overconfidence in Math. 2017. MAGKS DP. No. 01-2017, Marburg
  • Crime 2.0–Cybercrime, e-Talent, and Institutions. 2016. MAGKS DP. No. 08-2016, Marburg
  • A League of Their Own–Female Soccer, Male Legacy and Women’s Empowerment. 2013. DIW DP. No. 1267, Berlin

Book Chapter

  • Human Trafficking in South Korea–Experience, Challenges, and Policy, in Trafficking in Human Beings–Learning from Asian and European Experiences. 2014. Europe-Asia Dialogue Publication Series: Konrad Adenauer Foundation and European Commission, Singapore


  • Report on the 3P Anti-trafficking Policy Index 2013. 2014. Women and Human Rights Vol. 12, Women's Human Rights Commission (Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of Korea), Seoul (written in Korean)
  • Menschenhandel: Deutschland beim Opferschutz nur Mittelmaß. 2012. DIW Wochenbericht No. 39, Berlin
  • Human Trafficking: Germany Only Average When It Comes To Protecting Victims. 2012. DIW Economic Bulletin Vol. 2.11, Berlin