Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform

With Marcus Noland, Devin T. Stewart

Monday, April 16, 2007 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM



Marcus Noland of the Peterson Institute for International Economics will talk about his new book on famine in North Korea.

In the mid-1990s, as many as one million North Koreans died in one of the worst famines of the twentieth century. The socialist food distribution system collapsed primarily because of a misguided push for self-reliance, but was compounded by the regime's failure to formulate a quick response—including the blocking of desperately needed humanitarian relief.

As households, enterprises, local party organs, and military units tried to cope with the economic collapse, a grassroots process of marketization took root. However, rather than embracing these changes, the North Korean regime opted for tentative economic reforms with ambiguous benefits and a self-destructive foreign policy. As a result, a chronic food shortage continues to plague North Korea today.

"Famine in North Korea is the authoritative account of the famine, examining its origins and impact from the level of the individual household to the high politics of international diplomacy. It is an extraordinary book, essential reading for anyone interested in the issues of famine, economic transition, and the future of the Korean peninsula." — Joseph E. Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, and author of Making Globalization Work

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