February 20, 2020

Why North Korea is so corrupt, and why that may be good
Official willingness to take bribes and ignore regulations has saved lives, but may present obstacles for reform
North Korea is probably the most corrupt country in Asia. Measuring corruption levels is difficult, and existing ratings (like the well-known index published annually by Transparency International) should be taken with a pinch of salt. Nevertheless, anecdotal evidence appears persuasive enough: Official corruption in North Korea has been exceptional over the last 20 years.In my frequent