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North Korea in Transition

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North Korea in Transition

Prospects for Economic and Social Reform

9781840646238 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Chang-Ho Yoon, Professor of Economics, Korea University, South Korea and Lawrence J. Lau, Professor Emeritus, CIC International (Hong Kong) Co., Limited
Publication Date: 2001 ISBN: 978 1 84064 623 8 Extent: 360 pp
Recent political developments on the Korean peninsula suggest both the possibility and desirability for the neighboring powers to establish a new framework for regional peace. The US and North Korea have managed to reach an agreement to reduce mutually hostile threats on a reciprocal basis, and to normalize diplomatic relations by removing economic sanctions. They have thus created conditions potentially favorable for the expansion of trade and the inflow of economic assistance and foreign direct investment to North Korea

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Recent political developments on the Korean peninsula suggest both the possibility and desirability for the neighboring powers to establish a new framework for regional peace. The US and North Korea have managed to reach an agreement to reduce mutually hostile threats on a reciprocal basis, and to normalize diplomatic relations by removing economic sanctions. They have thus created conditions potentially favorable for the expansion of trade and the inflow of economic assistance and foreign direct investment to North Korea.

A crucial question, however, is will North Korea choose to transform its internal system and adopt an open-door policy in an effort to revive its stagnant economy? The distinguished contributors to this volume address the central issue of the development potential of the North Korean economy and the potential compatibility of economic reform with the maintenance of internal political stability. They examine what will be needed in the way of reform for North Korea to build its social infrastructure and manage its industrial transition to become part of the global market economy. Lessons are drawn from the experiences of China’s economic reform since 1979 and German reunification and some sharp insights are provided into the economic forces that will play a major role in shaping the future course of North Korea.

This timely book will be of great interest to policymakers, scholars, and students of Asian and transition economies.
Critical Acclaim
‘The chapters in the volume are empirically rich and informative and generate very useful policy implications. Its editors should be commended for successfully undertaking the difficult task of weaving diverse subjects into an analytically coherent whole . . . this book makes a very useful and timely contribution to our understanding of the North Korean economy. It is strongly recommended for Korean and East Asian specialists as well as students of transition economies.’
– Chung-in Moon, Journal of Economic Literature
Contributors
Contributors: B.O. Babson, N. Eberstadt, I. Kim, J.-I. Kim, S.-J. Kwak, L.J. Lau, D.H. Lee, J.-W. Lee, Y.S. Lee, J. Müller, M. Noland, J.-H. Oh, C.-H. Yoon
Contents
Contents: Preface Part I: Introduction Part II: The Political Economy of North Korea Part III: Development Potential under Reform Part IV: The Experience of Other Transition Economies Part V: The Availability of Social Infrastructure Part VI: The Importance of Industrial Location Index
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