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Pyongyang factories encourage workplace exemption program

Managers of some Pyongyang-based factories are encouraging their workers to take part in a popular workplace exemption program referred to colloquially as “8.3 Earnings,”...

North Korea intensifies prostitution crackdown

Prostitution has been on the rise in tandem with increasing economic difficulties in North Korea. The government is now taking wider steps to crackdown...

[Photo] Taxi driving a dream occupation for middle-aged North Korean men

Taxi driving has become a sought-after occupation among North Korean men with the perception that it is a stable, high-paying job. Those hoping to...

Expanding unofficial labor market demands regulatory agenda

The number of 8.3 Workers (referring to workers officially employed by state-run factories but who pay fees for permission to engage in other business)...

Marketization key to North Korea’s future prosperity

The North Korean economy has a number of unusual characteristics. Estimates on the average income level of an ordinary North Korean are a paltry...

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