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GINNY SEUNG CHOI

Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Associate Director, Academic & Student Programs, Mercatus Center
Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Ginny Choi is an Associate Director of Academic & Student Programs, a Senior Fellow in F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and a Senior Research Fellow at The Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She specializes in Austrian and experimental economics. Her research primarily focuses on the moral and social aspects of markets. Ginny earned her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA, USA), M.A. in economics from New York University (New York, NY, USA) and B.A. in economics from Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA). She has also attended the General Course at the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK). Originally from South Korea, she spent most of her formative years in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Research


Publications

Updated August 2019

Books

Do Markets Corrupt Our Morals (with Virgil H. Storr), Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. ISBN: 978-3030184155.

The most damning criticism of markets is that they are morally corrupting. As we increasingly engage in market activity, the more likely we are to become selfish, corrupt, rapacious and debased. Even Adam Smith, who famously celebrated markets, believed that there were moral costs associated with life in market societies.

This book explores whether or not engaging in market activities is morally corrupting. Storr and Choi demonstrate that people in market societies are wealthier, healthier, happier and better connected than those of societies where markets are more restricted. More provocatively, they explain that successful markets require and produce virtuous participants. Markets serve as moral spaces that both rely on and reward their participants for being virtuous. Rather than harming individuals morally, the market is an arena where individuals are encouraged to be their best moral selves. Do Markets Corrupt Our Morals? invites us to reassess the claim that markets corrupt our morals.

Journal Articles & Contributions to Books

“Clientelism and identity” (with James Habyarimana, Daniel Houser, Stuti Khemani, Viktor Brech, and Moumita Roy), Economic and Political Studies, Forthcoming.
A culture of rent seeking” (with Virgil H. Storr), Public Choice, 2019.
“Market institutions and the evolution of culture” (with Virgil H. Storr), Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review, 2018.
“Markets as moral training grounds” (with Virgil H. Storr) in Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, ed. Warren Palmer. Beloit: Beloit College Press, 2017.
“Can trust, reciprocity and friendship survive contact with the market?” (with Virgil H. Storr) in Economics and the Virtues: Building a New Moral Foundation, eds. Jennifer A. Baker and Mark D. White. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Selected Current Projects

(Tentative Titles)

Books

Market Friendships: Exploring the Social Life of Markets (with Virgil H. Storr), under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles & Contributions to Books

“The effect of market interactions on trust and reciprocity: An experimental investigation” (with Virgil H. Storr)
“The market as a process to discover whom to trust” (with Virgil H. Storr)

Contact

Mailing Address

George Mason University
4400 University Drive, PPE 1A1
Fairfax, VA 22030

Office Location

James Buchanan Hall
Room D122
GMU Fairfax Campus

Email & Telephone

gchoi [at] mercatus [dot] gmu [dot] edu
703-993-1147