Seonkyung Choi

Research Interest

  • Economics of education, Asian economy, labor economy, macroeconomics, microeconomics, primary education, secondary education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET)


  • Phd in Economics, Kobe University (Expected 03/2019)
  • Master of Economics, Kobe University (March, 2016)
  • Bachelor of Economics, Nihon University (February, 2014)
  • Bachelor of Tourism, Suwon University (February, 2001)


  • Intern at UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) (October 2016- January 2017)
  • Reservation and Costumer Service, Asiana Airline, Korea (2001-2008)

Academic Association

  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • International Conference on Education Research (ICER)
  • The Japanese Society for International Development(JASID)
  • Japanese Comparative Education Society (JECS)


Academic Conference Presentation

  • Choi, S. “Effects of Vocational Education on Wage: Case of the Philippines,” Paper presented at the International Conference on Education Research, Seoul National University, South Korea, October, 2016. (E)
  • Choi, S. “Rate of Return of Vocational Education on Wage: Case of the Philippines,” Paper presented at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core-to-Core Program (Asia-Africa Science Platforms), Kobe University, Japan, July 2016. (E)

Language/ Skills

  • Korean(Native)、Japanese(Fluent)、English(Fluent)
  • STATA, ABACUS, HP, MS-office

Message to Potential Candidates to Ogawa Seminar

My primary interest is the Asian economy, especially how educated labor force contributes to the national economic development. Such interest led me to study econometrics, micro and macroeconomics and so forth to study the topic and to analyze it in my Master’s thesis. In my doctoral program, I intend to verify whether the results from my previous study can be applied in the real situation. I’m sure that Ogawa seminar will provide me with a good environment in order to complete this goal. Professor Ogawa’s area of expertise and his global network are very powerful and great for all students under Ogawa professor. That is why I decided to join Ogawa’s Seminar and I am really grateful to be a member of his Seminar.