Economic Policy

Reining in Rent-Seeking: How North Korea Can Survive

By | July 02, 2013

Peter Ward proposes that the North Korean regime can reconcile the seemingly contradictory concepts of “state rule” and “market economy” by reining in rent-seeking from low- and mid-level bureaucrats and harnessing the power of the markets.

Growth Prospects and the Potential for Progress in the DPRK’s Agricultural Sector: Infrastructure and Incentives

By | June 23, 2013

Matthew Bates completes his discussion with agronomist Tom Morrison on the prospects of food self-sufficiency in North Korea. In the final installment of a three part series, Morrison finishes his discussion of agricultural reforms and delves into a dialogue about the geography of rice and potato production.

Growth Prospects: Tom Morrison on the Potential for Progress in the DPRK’s Agricultural Sector

By | June 16, 2013

Matthew Bates continues his discussion with agronomist Tom Morrison on the prospects of food self-sufficiency in North Korea. In part two of a three part series, Morrison discusses the effectiveness of previous aid and reform efforts and the prospects of further agricultural reform.

The Limits to Marketization: State and Private in Kimist North Korea

By | June 14, 2013

Andrei Lankov takes issue with the idea that North Korea has a command economy, and explains the myriad ways private capital reproduces itself in the dog-eat-dog world of modern business north of the 38th parallel.

Prospects for Food Self-Sufficiency in the DPRK: Interview with Tom Morrison

By | June 01, 2013

Tom Morrison, an agronomist with extensive experience in the DPRK, speaks with Sino-NK’s Economics and Trade Analyst Matthew Bates about North Korea’s agricultural capacity and prospects for self-sufficiency in part one of a three-part interview.

His “Other” Legacy: Kenneth Waltz’s Defense of Nuclear Proliferation

By | May 21, 2013

How will Kenneth Waltz be remembered? As far as North Korea is concerned, Waltz’s legacy is all it needs to justify its possession of nuclear weapons, argues Steven Denney.

Red Box, Blue Box, Green Box: Arguing against Institutional Pluralism

By | February 08, 2013

Christopher Green examines the durability, and the deficiencies, of the “post-totalitarian” thesis for the DPRK, and furthers the quest for a developmental understanding of North Korea.

From Doha to Pyongyang: DPRK Progress and Development within the UNFCCC Framework

By | January 13, 2013

Robert Winstanley-Chesters wonders how much money the DPRK can make from carbon credits, and concludes that the answer is “not much.” At least, not yet.