Peter Ward is a writer and researcher focusing on the North Korean economy, as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna.
The event, originally planned for 1986, was pushed back, then shelved, and then finally revived and held in 2016
Recently-released publication offers a rare window into the world of the DPRK monetary policy
Facing crises, the DPRK attempted a crude imitation of the early 20th century economist's ideas
The "Field Responsibility System" gives bosses much greater incentives to innovate
The benefits are clear, but meeting the requirements would be too risky for Pyongyang
Subtle mentions of reforms in past years point to emphasis on science-based system
There are some unlikely parallels between the Golden Arches and the DPRK's nascent private sector
Economic crisis saw some companies turn to financial self-reliance - with little success
"Reform and opening-up" could be highly damaging to political stability
The sorry fates of former ROK heads of state could one day be visited on the Kims
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