Pyongyang's Failed Currency Reform


Marcus Noland

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 49


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: February 23, 2010
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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On November 30, 2009, North Korea launched a surprise confiscatory currency reform aimed at cracking down on burgeoning private markets and reviving socialism. The move predictably set off chaos, and now it appears that the government is in retreat, acquiescing in the reopening of markets. Marcus Noland explores the impacts of Pyongyang's failed currency reform on North Korea's looming leadership transition.

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