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The Author of the Website: Seo-Young Cho



I am empirical economist with research focuses on gender, migration, institutions, and culture. Since October 2021, I have been senior researcher for quantitative policy research at the Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies (IKM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) in Austria. Previously, I was Aigner-Rollett guest professor of gender studies at the University of Graz in Austria (winter term 2020/21) and junior professor of empirical institutional economics at the University of Marburg in Germany (2013–2019). In addition, I was research fellow at the Korea-Europe Center at the Free University of Berlin (FU-Berlin, 20202021) and lecturer of Korean economics at the University of Tübingen (summer term 2020). Prior to these, I was post-doctoral researcher at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin, 2012–2013) and doctoral and post-doctoral researcher at the faculty of economics at the University of Göttingen (2008–2012). 


My research work has been published in various international peer-reviewed journals in economics, social sciences, migration studies, development studies, area studies, and Asian studies. Also, I have participated in and completed a number of projects on migration, human trafficking, and gender, financed by the European Commission, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS), and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. I received my doctoral degree (Dr. rer. pol.) in economics from the University of Göttingen in Germany, my master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University in New York in the USA, and another master’s in sociology from Sogang University in Seoul in South Korea.


Research Interests

  • Gender, especially behavioral gender economics
  • Informal institutions and social capital
  • Migration and human trafficking
  • Cultural and creative economy
  • East Asian economy and society, especially Korea
  • Quantitative, integrative, and interdisciplinary research methods

Contact: Dr. Seo-Young Cho

Senior Researcher for Quantitative Policy Research
Department of Cultural Management und Gender Studies (IKM)
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw)
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria
Tel.  +43 1 711 55-3403       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)

Course Offering

Free University of Berlin (2020-2021)

  • 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
  • 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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