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“[A]n important contribution to the field… Policy makers will value the book as providing insights and arguments for their policies; academics and students will appreciate the many bold statements that invite a critical and productive discussion.”
—Rudiger Frank, The Journal of Asian Review
"Eberstadt (American Enterprise Institute), a respected specialist on North Korea, has produced a book that is both readable and credible. Intent on hiding its weaknesses as well as driven by extreme xenophobia, the country has maintained a statistical blackout since the 1960s. Based on the "mirror statistics"--culled from the public records of North Korea's aid donors as well as its trading and investment partners--and much of his own research and analysis, Eberstadt concludes that Pyongyang either reforms or faces a collapse.... The inter-Korea economic relations, e.g., South Korea's generous subsidies, are the most interesting part of the book. This imaginatively researched work sheds much light on the mysterious operations of this Stalinist regime. Highly recommended."
"I have read The North Korean Economy with interests and pleasure... It is a very important contribution to its field of study, and I highly recommend this book to analysts of the North Korean economy."
—Mitsuhiko Kimuara, professor, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
"Most of what is written on the North Korean economy consists of useless recitations of half-bakes statistic. Whether one agrees with Nick Eberstadt or not, there is an active, probing intellect behind these essays, and it behooves anyone interested in the North Korean economy to take these writing very, very seriously. Indeed, I cannot imagine doing research on the North Korean economy without referencing this work."
—Marcus Noland, senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
"There are only a handful of people with the skill and patience required to solve the puzzle of what is happening to North Korea's economy and the implications of North Korea's economic and military policies for the country's economic growth, military strength, and regime survival. Nicholas Eberstadt is among the very best of this group of analysts as this collection of his essays, many updated to the present, demonstrates. Piercing together the few series of reasonably reliable data on North Korea, Eberstadt illuminates the dimensions of the economic crisis that engulfed North Korea in the 1990s. He then goes on to show how the regime has responded to the crisis and its aftermath by seeking aid rather than self-sustaining reform. Anyone with an interest in North Korea should read this book."
—Dwight Perkins, professor of economics, Harvard University