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Dr. Seo-Young Cho

Seo-Young Cho

Korea-Europe Programme

Institute of Korean Studies

Freie Universität Berlin

PostDoc Fellow

Otto-von-Simson-Str. 11
14195 Berlin

Seo-Young Cho is PostDoc Fellow of the KDI School-FU IKS Korea-Europe Center at the Institute of Korean Studies, FU-Berlin and Aigner-Rollett Guest Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Graz. Previously, she was junior professor of economics at the University Marburg and senior researcher at DIW-Berlin. As an empirical economist, she has conducted extensive research on economic and institutional development in Korea. Currently, she focuses on inclusive growth in South Korea by investigating issues of creative and innovation economy and Millennial, women, and migrant entrepreneurs. Her research further incorporates 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 Korea Observer, Asian Development Review, 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. Presently, she serves the advisory board of the Journal of Human Trafficking and the Directorate of the Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management. Seo-Young Cho received her doctorate in Economics from the University of Goettingen and a master‘s degree in Public Affairs from Columbia University in New York.

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

• The Rise of South Korea’s Soft Power in Europe–A Survey Analysis of Public Diplomacy (corresponding first author, coauthors: D. Claus-Kim, E.J. Lee, and S.H. Lee). 2023. Korea Observer 54(3)(forthcoming)

• Female Mentors and Peers – A Heterogeneity Analysis of Gender Gaps in Attitudes towards STEM in South Korea. 2022. Korea Journal 62 (forthcoming, Publisher: Academy of Korean Studies)

• Exporting the Korean Wave to Europe: An Analysis of the Trade Effect. 2021. Korea Observer 52 (forthcoming, Publisher: Institute of Korean Studies)

• Social Capital and Innovation in East Asia. 2021. Asian Development Review 38: 207-238 (Publisher: MIT Press & Asian Development Bank)

• South Korea’s Soft Power in the Era of the Covid-19 Pandemic-An Analysis of the Expert Survey in Europe (corresponding first author, coauthors: E.J. Ballbach, D. Claus-Kim, H.G Kim, E.J. Lee, and J. Shim). 2020. Seoul Journal of Economics 33: 601–626 (Special Issue on Covid-19 Pandemics and Alternative Economic Models around the World, Publisher: Seoul National University)

• 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

• The Korean Wave: Fans, Consumers, Activists, and Entrepreneurs in Germany – An Empirical Analysis (corresponding first author, coauthor: S.H. Lee). 2021. Korea Focus WP 14, FU-Berlin (forthcoming).

• On Inclusive Growth: Millennials and Entrepreneurs in South Korea. 2021. Korea Focus WP 13, FU-Berlin.

• The Rise of South Korea’s Soft Power in Europe– A Survey Analysis of Public Diplomacy (corresponding first author, coauthors: D. Claus-Kim, E.J. Lee, and S.H. Lee). 2021. Korea Focus WP 12, FU-Berlin.

• Being Korean and Living in Korea – An Experimental Analysis of North Korean Refugees’ Identities and Social Behaviors. 2020. Korea Focus WP 3, FU-Berlin

• 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

• The Gender-Specific Effect of Working Hours on Family Happiness in South Korea (coauthor: R. Rudolf). 2011. Courant Research Center DP No. 77, Göttingen

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 (written in German)

• Human Trafficking: Germany Only Average When It Comes To Protecting Victims. 2012. DIW Economic Bulletin Vol. 2.11, Berlin

Other Publications

• 3P Anti-trafficking Policy Index (panel data, 2000–2015 annually, 189 countries), available online at www. economics-human-trafficking.net

• Politik gegen Menschenhandel ist ansteckend (with A. Dreher and E. Neumayer). 2011. Ökonomenstimme

• Measuring Anti-trafficking Policies (with A. Dreher and E. Neumayer). 2011. VoxEU