Seung-Yun Oh 
Research Fellow
Department of Aging Research
Korea Insurance Research Institute
Seoul, Korea

   CV          Research          Teaching          Other       

I completed my Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. My research fields are labor and demographic economics, economics of gender, behavioral and institutional economics and game theory.  My dissertation, supervised by Nancy Folbre and Samuel Bowles, develops theoretical models of the role of social interactions, the evolution of gender norms, and their impact on individual behavior.

Seung-Yun Oh, Yongjin Park and Samuel Bowles "Veblen Effects, Political Representation, and the Reduction in Working Time over the 20th CenturyJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 83, Issue 2, July 2012, pp 218-242.

Working Papers
James Burke, Seung-Yun Oh and Gerald Epstein “Outsourcing, Demand and Employment Loss in U.S. Manufacturing, 1990-2005”, PERI Working Paper Series No. 249. Feb 2011

Work in Progress
 “Do Public Transfers Crowd Out Private Support to the Elderly? Evidence from a Basic Old Age Pension in Korea"
"Polygynous Marriage" with Samuel Bowles
"Governance Structures of the Family Economy and Intergenerational Transfers"

Fellowships and Awards

 Mendenhall Fellow at Smith College, July 2011 – June 2012

•  Dissertation Fellowship, Political Economy Research Institute at University of Massachusetts, Spring 2011

Conference Presentations and Participation

"The Evolution of Gender Norms, Division of Labor and Fertility", in Games 2012 (the 4th World Congress of the Game Theory Society), Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey, 22-26 July 2012.

“Veblen Effects, Political Representation, and the Reduction in Working Time over the 20th Century”, in Eurocores Programme TECT (The Evolution of Cooperation and Trading), Final Conference, Collegium Budapest, Hungary, 15-17 Sept 2010

“Work hours, Labor discipline, and Veblen effects”, in Behavioral Science Program in Santa Fe Institute Santa Fe, NM, USA, 30 July 2009

“Intergenerational Transfers within Families”, in International Association For Feminist Economics (IAFFE),  Boston, MA, USA, 26-28 June 2009,


  Santa Fe Institute, Jul 2012, hosted by Samuel Bowles

  Santa Fe Institute, Jul 2009, hosted by Samuel Bowles

  Visiting Scholar, U of Massachusetts at Amherst, Fall 2004 – Spring 2006


Teaching Experience

§  Instructor

      • Introduction to Microeconomics (Smith College): Fall 2012

      • Undergraduate Game Theory (University of Massachusetts at Amherst):  Spring 2010, Fall 2010

      • Math review for incoming graduate students (University of Massachusetts at Amherst): 2008, 2009, 2010.

      • Intermediate Macroeconomics (Seoul National University of Science and Technology): Spring 2004

      §  Teaching Assistant

     • Graduate Game theory:  Spring 2009

      • Microeconomics II:  Fall 2008, Fall 2009

      • Undergraduate Game Theory:  Spring 2007

      • Introduction to Microeconomics:  Fall 2009