In this Issue
As tensions on the Korean peninsula rise to their greatest level in recent years, we look at the economics of the reclusive nation and the ties they have to the rest of the world.
The first thing to note when discussing the economics of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is that the data does not come from the DPRK itself. Rather it is inferred through intelligence agencies, analyzing data from Chinese sources, or through the South Korean central bank, which has been publishing GDP data on the DPRK since 1991. As a result, it is one of the opaquest economies on the planet.