April 09, 2020


Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein is an Associate Scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and co-editor of North Korean Economy Watch.


The North Korean economy in September 2018: an overview

Domestic prices rose as economic affairs dominated an inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang


The North Korean Economy in August 2018: an overview

Despite a large focus on economic development, no signs yet on what this means in practice

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein September 12, 2018

The North Korean economy in July 2018: an overview

Kim Jong Un conducted a record number of visits as reports of loosening sanctions enforcement continued


The North Korean economy in June 2018: an overview

Amid high-profile summits, factory visits, and diplomatic rapprochement, market prices remained stable


The North Korean economy in May 2018: an overview

Last month saw Pyongyang reiterate its commitment to autarky and market prices remain stable


Beijing’s DPRK sanctions enforcement: “much stronger” than ever before?

Reports on waning Chinese commitment must be understood within the broader context


Engagement 2.0? Issues with re-opening the Kaesong Industrial Complex

The now-shuttered project offers some lessons on the limits of North Korean SEZs

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein February 22, 2018

Russia and the North Korean economy: more than meets the eye?

Both countries hope to increase economic exchange if political circumstances allow

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein December 20, 2017

How gas prices show China’s leverage over the North Korean economy

This year's fluctuations show Beijing can pressure Pyongyang - but other factors are also at work