김혁래 hyukrae at yonsei.ac.kr
Tue Apr 25 23:44:22 EDT 2006

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The Korean Studies Program and the Institute for Modern Korean Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University are pleased to invite you to attend the 57th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum, which will be held on Monday, May 1st at 6:30 pm in Room 112 of New Millennium Hall at Yonsei University. The speaker will be Institute for Far Eastern Studies Research Fellow, Kevin Shepard.   His talk will be "Economy on the Go- But Who's Driving?  Recent North Korean Economic Transitions."  The abstract of his paper can be found at the end of this email.   
The presentation will be followed by a dinner reception. I hope you will come to enjoy the presentation, the discussion, and the reception. Contact Cedar Bough Saeji at 016-525-3239, umyang at gmail.com for further inquiries.  



Hyuk-Rae Kim

Professor of Korean Studies







                     This research looks into DPRK economic transitions from central planning toward more autonomous and market-based economic structures from the late 20th century. An analysis of economic transformation in the North reveals that there is genuine, positive change taking place, but it is not being coaxed by the South Korean government, nor is it being driven by Kim Jong Il.  The real driving force behind two decades of economic reform has come from the North Korean John and Jane Doe.  Understanding the framework, motivations, and limitations to North Korean economic reform, and comparing these with those faced by previously transforming and decentralizing economies can help to understand not only where the North is headed, but how governments and international financial institutions can participate.

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