December 05, 2023


Peter Ward

Peter Ward

Peter Ward is a senior researcher at Kookmin University, a writer and researcher focusing on the North Korean economy, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna.


Why South Korea faces economic controversy with short-selling ban

Short-selling ban aims to shield smaller investors but faces scrutiny over long-term market volatility

Peter WardPeter WardNovember 27, 2023

Why China’s graphite control impacts South Korea’s battery landscape

Navigating the tug-of-war between China and the U.S., South Korea faces challenges and choices

Peter WardPeter WardNovember 6, 2023

South Korea’s nuclear crossroads: Weighing Seoul’s options beyond US deterrence

Fears of abandonment have spurred quest for stronger nuclear assurances, but ROK faces dearth of alternative partners

Peter WardPeter WardOctober 16, 2023

South Korea’s fiscal balancing act: Repercussions of austerity measures

The nation’s fiscal shortfall is real, but budget cuts undermining key sectors could diminish future growth prospects

Peter WardPeter WardSeptember 18, 2023

How China’s ongoing economic struggles impact South Korean exporters

As Chinese real estate woes and mercantilist policies persist, other emerging markets present new horizons for growth

Peter WardPeter WardSeptember 4, 2023

South Korea’s dual economy: Manufacturing might vs service slump

While manufacturing thrives, service sector grapples with productivity as it struggles with structural inefficiencies

Peter WardPeter WardAugust 9, 2023

How wealth, taste and demographics are changing South Korea’s retail sector

As societal values shift, there is a surge in demand for upscale establishments as retailers shift to virtual stores

Peter WardPeter WardJune 12, 2023

South Korea’s pension fund careens toward demographic cliff

Aging population threatens sustainability of system, forcing hard choices about retirement, immigration and more

Peter WardPeter WardApril 25, 2023

South Korea’s twin deficit problem: government and current account deficits

Rising costs and government borrowing worry policymakers as country faces twin deficits for first time in 25 years

Peter WardPeter WardApril 5, 2023

Why there are reasons to worry about South Korea banks after SVB collapse

While SVB-style bank run is unlikely, smaller ROK financial institutions are more vulnerable

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 20, 2023