January 28, 2020

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Ward

Peter Ward is a writer and researcher focusing on the North Korean economy, as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna.

Analysis

Kim Jong Un’s claims of a “bumper harvest” in North Korea: what the data shows

Market data indicates food prices remain low and stable, could support DPRK leadership's claims

Peter Ward January 17, 2020
Analysis

“Belt-tightening” ahead? The North Korean economy at the party plenum

Concrete details were thin on the ground, though the state's new "Prospective Goals" are worth watching

Peter Ward January 6, 2020
Analysis

North Korea’s exchange rate regime: understanding a silent revolution

Since 2013, 'three-and-a-half' rates, including a previously illegal market exchange rate, have entered into use

Peter Ward December 27, 2019
Analysis

North Korea’s Central Bank: lender, regulator, and inflation fighter

Relatively unimportant before marketization, the Central Bank's rise reflects the increasing power of money in the DPRK

Peter Ward November 14, 2019
Analysis

Strengthening state control, North Korea partially scraps foreign trade reforms

Recent revisions to Foreign Trade Act point to a rollback of key planks in the Kim Jong Un-era reform agenda

Peter Ward October 29, 2019
Analysis

This is what sanctions enforcement looks like: maximum pressure and prices

Data reveals the wider impact of an effective oil embargo in late 2017

Peter Ward September 15, 2019
Analysis

The North Korean oil market: an analysis of the data

Trends indicate fuel prices remain relatively stable and only loosely linked to global prices

Peter Ward August 27, 2019
Analysis

How the North Korean state could make life easier for the “Donju”

DPRK policymakers have a range of ways to expand opportunities for the entrepreneurial class

Peter Ward July 18, 2019
Analysis

What to expect at this week’s fifth Kim-Xi summit

Talks in Pyongyang come at a critical time for both sides, though concrete outcomes may be limited

Peter Ward June 18, 2019
Analysis

The Wonsan-Kumgang zone in comparative perspective: Rason, past and present

While overly-ambitious, the Rason project offers some important lessons for future DPRK SEZs

Peter Ward June 10, 2019
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