Suh Sang-chul

Suh Sang-Chul (1935–1983) was a South Korean economist, educator and administrator.


He was born as a son of the father, Suh Chang-sun who ran a brewery business and the mother, Gwak Bok-sun in Hongseong, South Chungcheong province in 1935. As Suh graduated Seoul High School in 1954, he entered College of Commerce at Seoul National University. In 1955, he went to the United States to study, and finished his undergraduate and graduate studies at Economics Department of Clark University in 1958 and the following year respectively. Suh focused on studying economic development at Harvard University under the direction of internationally renowned scholar, Simon Kuznets and received his doctorate degree in 1964.[1]

As Suh worked as a professor at Clark University, and at World Bank, he experiencing a sense of the international economy and educational experience in economics. In 1972, Suh returned to South Korea and worked as a professor at Department of Economy, Korea University. Suh also actively participated in developing economic policies, so he served as a member of Foreign Economic Committee in 1973, Tax System Audit Committee, and a director representative of the South Korea branch of World Bank.[1]

He served as Vice-Minister of Construction and then was appointed as Minister of Power Resource in 1982. He died for the Rangoon bombing incident in Burma in 1983 in his performance of his duties during an unofficial tour of President Chun Doo-hwan's to Southwest Asia and Oceania.[1]


  • Papers[1]
    • 경제성장에 관한 한국모형 (trans. Korea Model on Economic Growth), (1975) (in Korean)
    • 남북한의 공업화유형비교 (trans. Comparison of North and South Korea's Industrialization type) (1976) (in Korean)
  • Books[1]
    • A Study of Regional Development in Korea, (1978), Asiatic Research Center, Korea University Press
    • Growth and Structural Changes in the Korean Economy, 1910∼1940 (1976), Cambridge:Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University


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