Modeling the economic impacts of Korean unification

Warwick J. McKibbin, Jong Wha Lee, Weifeng Liu, Cheol Jong Song

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This paper explores the economic impacts of Korean unification on North and South Korea. It presents a new consistent database on macroeconomic, sectoral and trade data, and an input–output table for the North Korean economy, and then incorporates it in a global intertemporal multi-sector general equilibrium model. Assuming hypothetical scenarios such as North Korea’s reform and gradual convergence, its sudden collapse and immediate unification, and chaos and crises in both Koreas, we quantify the consequences of Korean unification on economic activity, trade and capital flows in the two Koreas. The results highlight the importance of the unification processes and of alternative policy responses in both Koreas to the economic impacts of unification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-256
Number of pages30
JournalAsian Economic Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Convergence
  • Dynamic general equilibrium
  • Economic growth
  • Economic integration
  • Korean unification
  • North Korea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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