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I am a junior professor (assistant professor) of Economics at Philipps-University of Marburg in Germany and hold the chair of Empirical Institutional Economics.

 My research fields include institutional economics and the economics of gender and crime, with particular focuses on gender equality and female participation in Korea and East Asia, female migration, as well as human trafficking, gender-based violence, cybercrime, social capital, and globalization.

My work has appeared in World Development, European Journal of Political Economy, Social Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, and elsewhere.

I have also worked for various research projects on the issues of crime, security, and development for the EU, the UN and the German government .

I received my doctorate in Economics from Georg-August of University Goettingen in Germany and master in Public Affairs from Columbia University in New York in the U.S. Prior to my post at Philipps-University of Marburg, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin) and Georg-August University of Goettingen.

Contact: Seo-Young Cho (, Junior Professor of Empirical Institutional Economics, Faculty of Economics, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany)

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Working Papers

Current and Recent Research Projects

  • Project Leader, Project on An Experimental and Integrative Analysis of North Korean Refugees' Gender and Ethnic Identities (2019, financed by the Academy of Korean Studies Fellowship)
  • Project Leader, Project on Gender-role Models, Gender-matching Environments, and Female Leadership in South Korea (2018-2019, financed by the German Research Foundation/DFG)
  • Project Leader, Project on Female Labor and Gender Discrimination in STEM Fields (2017-2018, financed by Ingrid-2 Project, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Project Leader, Project on Gender Differences in Social Capital in the Cyber-space (2017, financed by EUROLAB, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Köln, Germany)
  • Co-project Leader, Project on Irregular Flow of Female Migrants: an Interdisciplinary & Cross-country Study (2016-2017, financed by German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD Australia-Germany Research Cooperation Scheme, in collaboration with Dr. Natalia Szablewska, Southern Cross University, Australia)
  • Consultant, European Commission Tender: Study on Prevention Initiatives on Trafficking in Human beings (2014-2015)
  • Consultant, EU-Project on Tools for the Validation and Utilisation of EU Statistics on Human Trafficking (2012-2014, Project leader: Tilburg University)
  • Senior Researcher, BMBF (German Gov't) Project on A System of Economic Indicators to Measure Security and Security Provision in Germany (April 2012-March 2013, Project leader: DIW-Berlin)
  • Principal Investigator, EU-Project on Indexing Trafficking in Human Beings (Feb. 2010-March 2012, Project leader: University of Goettingen)

Current Course Offering 

    • Introduction to Empirical Economic Research (Introductory Econometrics, Bachelor)
    • Empirical Institutional Economics (Master)
    • Empirical Economic Research on Gender (Master)
    • An Empirical Analysis of Crime (Master)
    • The Rising Economies of East and Southeast Asia (Master)

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Source of the Map: Cho, Seo-Young,  Human Trafficking, Germany only Average when it comes to Protecting Victims, DIW Economic Bulletin vol. 2, NOV. 2012

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