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Unveiling the North Korean Economy
Collapse and Transition

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  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316635162

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  • North Korea is one of the most closed and secretive societies in the world. Despite a high level of interest from the outside world, we have very little detailed information about how the country functions economically. In this valuable book for both the academic and policy-making circles, Byung-Yeon Kim offers the most comprehensive and systematic analysis of the present day North Korean economy in the context of economic systems and transition economics. It addresses what is really happening in the North Korean economy, why it has previously failed, and how the country can make the transition to a market economy. It takes advantage not only of carefully reconstructed macro data but also rich, new data at the micro level, such as quantitative surveys of North Korean refugees settled in South Korea, and the surveys of Chinese companies that interact heavily with North Korea.

    • Delivers the first up-to-date, comprehensive analysis of the present-day state of the North Korean economy in an easy-to-access and systematic manner
    • Features new data gathered from surveys of North Korean refugees and Chinese firms working in North Korea, offering a revealing new analysis of the state of North Korea's economy
    • Uses established perspectives from economic systems and transition economics to provide a framework for understanding the past failures, the present changes, and the future implications these changes will have on the North Korean economy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘Byung-Yeon Kim’s book on the North Korean economy is one-of-a-kind. It not only synthesises the surprisingly large amount of information we have on the fast-changing North Korean economy, but also provides a coherent framework for understanding what is happening there now. Not simply a work of economics, this is political economy in the best sense, particularly in its discussion of marketisation from below, possible transition paths for North Korea and the ever-present possibility of breakdown.’ Stephan Haggard, Krause Distinguished Professor, University of California San Diego

    ‘This is the most important book in the last half century, which comprehensively removes veils of the North Korean economy. Byung-Yeon Kim takes the reader on a joyful tour of solving major mysteries of the economy, based on a rigorous treatment of both macro- and micro-evidence.’ Masaaki Kuboniwa, Founding Research Director of the Russian Research Center, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

    ‘This brilliant book is a must-read for anyone interested in this mysterious regime.’ Lanxin Xiang, Survival

    'Totaling just over three hundred pages in length, the scope of this investigation is impressive. Readers with only a passing familiarity with the history of the North Korean economy, or entirely unfamiliar with it, will find much of value in this account. It provides a succinct overview of the basic elements of North Korea’s socialist economy and its collapse in the 1990s (and the accompanying famine), as well as a readable overview of the transition, de-centralization, and marketization of the economy and the political implications these changes have for regime stability and the country’s political future.' Steven Denney, Journal of American-East Asian Relations

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316635162
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 162 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An evaluation of the socialist economy
    2. The North Korean economy
    3. Transition of the North Korean economy

  • Author

    Byung-Yeon Kim, Seoul National University
    Byong-Yeon Kim is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Seoul National University. He was the recipient of the T. S. Ashton Prize from the Economic History Society of the UK, the Chungram Award from the Korean Economic Association, and Distinguished Researcher in Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Research Foundation of Korea. He is a member of the executive committee of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, and a regular columnist on North Korean issues in the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.

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