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Seo-Young Cho      CV (click here)

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

My research fields include institutional economics, the economics of crime, and gender economics with a particular focus on human trafficking, prostitution, organized crime, gender-based violence, gender equality in education and labor, female migration, as well as cyber-crime, globalization, and racism.

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

  • 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)
  • Contributor, Book Project, Balanced Recipe – Dual Market and Criminal Enterprise Analysis (2016-2017, in collaboration with Prof. Ernesto U. Savona, Università Cattolica, Milan, publisher: Springer)
  • 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)

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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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