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Seo-Young Cho


As an empirical economist, I am specialized in gender, institutional, and development economics. My research themes include: gender, migration, social capital, inclusive growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and creative economy, and East Asian development. Moreover, I am interested in mixed methods that integrate quantitative and qualitative methods in an interdisciplinary manner.

My work has appeared in various international peer-reviewed journals in economics, social sciences, and Asian studies (see the list below). I have also completed a number of research projects supported by the European Commision, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the Academy of Korean Studies.

Currently, I work at the Korea-Europe Center at the Free University of Berlin. Previosly, I was Aigner-Rollett guest professor of gender studies at Karl-Franzens University of Graz in Austria (2020-2021), junior professor (assistant professor) of economics at Philipps-University of Marburg in Germany (2013-2019), senior researcher at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin) (2012-2013), and doctoral and post-doctoral researcher in economics at Georg-August University of Goettingen (2008-2012). 

I received my doctorate in economics from Georg-August University of Goettingen in Germany and master's degree in public affairs from Columbia University in New York in the U.S. 

  • Contact: Dr. Seo-Young ChoKDIS-FU IKS Korea-Europe Center, Freie Universität Berlin, Otto-von-Simson Str. 11, 14195 Berlin, Germany (email:

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Working Papers

Research Projects

  • Project on An Experimental and Integrative Analysis of North Korean Refugees' Gender and Ethnic Identities (2019, financed by the Academy of Korean Studies)
  • Project on Gender-role Models, Gender-matching Environments, and Female Leadership in South Korea (2018-2019, financed by the German Research Foundation/DFG)
  • Project on Female Labor and Gender Discrimination in STEM Fields (2017-2018, financed by the Ingrid-2 Project)
  • Project on Gender Differences in Social Capital in the Cyber-space (2017, financed by EUROLAB, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Köln, Germany)
  • Project on Irregular Flow of Female Migrants: an Interdisciplinary & Cross-country Study (2016-2017, financed by the German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD Australia-Germany Research Cooperation Scheme, in collaboration with Dr. Natalia Szablewska, Southern Cross University, Australia)
  • European Commission Tender: Study on Prevention Initiatives on Trafficking in Human beings (2014-2015)
  • Project on Tools for the Validation and Utilisation of EU Statistics on Human Trafficking (2012-2014, financed by the European Commission, in cooperation with Tilburg University)
  • Project on Europe-Asia Dialogue, Cluster Human Trafficking (2012-2014, financed by the European Commission, in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation)
  • Project on A System of Economic Indicators to Measure Security and Security Provision in Germany (April 2012-March 2013, financed by BMBF, DIW-Berlin)
  • Project on Indexing Trafficking in Human Beings (Feb. 2010-March 2012, financed by the European Commission, University of Goettingen)

Current and Previous Course Offering 

Free University of Berlin (since 2020)

  • Methods for Korean Studies (Methoden der Koreastudien, Master, WS 2020/21 & SoSe 2021)
  • Research Methods for Korean Studies (PhD Methodology Workshop, Summer 2020 & 2021)

University of Graz (WS 2020/21)

  • Gender and Migration in Globalization
  • Gender Economics
  • Integrative Methods for Gender Research
University of Tübingen (SoSe 2020)
  • Korean Economy and Policy (Bachelor)       
  • Social Capital and Contemporary Korean Society (Master)

University of Marburg (2013-2019)

Introduction to Empirical Economic Research (Econometrics), Empirical Institutional Economics, Empirical Economic Research on Gender, as well as seminars on Gender-based Violence, Female Migration, Asian Economic Development, Globalization, and Crime

Other Professional Commitments


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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