"Gridlock in the 18th Korean National Assembly." 2010. Journal of Korean Politics Vol.19(1): 123-145.
My dissertation project, Demographic Crises and Policy-Making in South Korea, investigates the political causes and policy consequences of population decline in South Korea. A so-called “demographic time-bomb” has become a major political issue in a large number of developed countries. As the share of the elderly has increased rapidly due to low fertility rates, scholars generally warn of its various negative effects on politics and economics. Yet, how exactly do population crises influence politics? What kind of strategies do governments choose in order to overcome demographic problems and why? Which policies are more effective in achieving their goals? By focusing on immigration and fiscal policy-making in South Korea, my research shows the importance of understanding political demography in explaining policy-making and its consequences.
"The Politics of Bride Importation: Diffusion and Reverse Diffusion of Marriage Immigration Policy in South Korea."
"When Two Heads Are Better Than One: Population Decline, Representation, And Distributive Politics in South Korea."
"Threats or Opportunity? Balancing Issue Salience as Mainstream Party Response to Green Party Emergence."
Works In Progress
"Do Welfare Magnets Attract Immigrants? Evidence From South Korea.''
"One Child Policy in China and North Korean Defectors." (with Gretchen Helmke)
"The Politics of Re-migration: Evidence from Japan and South Korea."
"Presidents and Their Parties: Party Strategies under Presidentialism." "Party Defection Voting in South Korea."
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