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How credible is the North Korean threat?


  • Byung-Yeon Kim
  • Gérard Roland


type="main" xml:id="ecot12044-abs-0001"> We perform event analysis on particular episodes of tension in the Korean peninsula between 2000 and 2008, and investigate the effect of the events on South Korean financial markets (stock markets, bond yield spreads and the exchange rate) given that South Korea would be the first affected by a military aggression from North Korea. Surprisingly, in nearly all cases, these events, which have often been dramatized in the world media, have no significant impact on either of these variables or only a very small one. We also find no significant impact of events on listed firms that would a priori be likely to suffer from increased tension between the two Koreas. Since financial markets often contain better predictions than expert opinions or surveys, these results strongly suggest that the North Korean threat is non-credible.

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  • Byung-Yeon Kim & Gérard Roland, 2014. "How credible is the North Korean threat?," The Economics of Transition, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, vol. 22(3), pages 433-459, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:etrans:v:22:y:2014:i:3:p:433-459

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    1. Dibooglu, Sel & Cevik, Emrah. I., 2016. "The effect of North Korean threats on financial markets in South Korea and Japan," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 18-26.
    2. Seohyun Lee & Inhwan So & Jongrim Ha, 2018. "Identifying Uncertainty Shocks due to Geopolitical Swings in Korea," Working Papers 2018-26, Economic Research Institute, Bank of Korea.
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    4. Cheolbeom Park & Suyeon Park, 2018. "Rare Disasters and Exchange Rates: An Empirical Investigation of South Korean Exchange Rates under Tension between the Two Koreas," Working Papers 2018-8, Economic Research Institute, Bank of Korea.

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