Peter Ward is a writer and researcher focusing on the North Korean economy, as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna.
Recently revealed changes to the Food Administration Act suggest efforts to reassert state control over grain sales
Inability to print cash likely behind coupons, but they also provide a safeguard for post-pandemic currency devaluation
DPRK coal mines will have trouble making the kinds of profits they did in the 2010s even if the country fully reopens
Choson Sinbo says North Korea need not reform or open up thanks to ‘precious strategic resources’ like nuclear weapons
The DPRK’s latest five-year plan again sets unrealistic goals, as state media reports provide a veneer of success
Officials aimed for 79% growth in some sectors, but the country’s own data shows it fell far short of this goal
DPRK’s Five-year Economic Strategy suggests country never fully recovered from ‘90s collapse, population has declined
New economic history provides excellent account of post-1990 period but is light on analysis of Eastern Bloc influence
Food scarcity will exacerbate chronic hunger and could lead to starvation if prices and availability do not stabilize
Collapse of foreign currency prices could increase economic difficulties of North Korean households
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