Marcus Noland

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Marcus Noland, senior fellow, has been associated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 1985. His work encompasses a wide range of topics including the political economy of US trade policy and the Asian financial crisis.

His areas of geographical knowledge and interest include Asia and Africa where he has lived and worked. In the past he has written extensively on the economies of Japan, Korea, and China, and is unique among American economists in having devoted serious scholarly effort to the problems of North Korea and the prospects for Korean unification.

He won the 2000–01 Ohira Masayoshi Award for his book Avoiding the Apocalypse: The Future of the Two Koreas.

Marcus Noland discusses scenarios for North Korea's nuclear disarmament. Highlighting the North's tactic of drawing out negotiations to obtain maximum concessions, he maintains that the North is becoming increasingly vulnerable to outside pressure.

Featured Work

FEB 12, 2008 Podcast

Reverse Brain Drain for the Middle East

One strategy to improve the economies of the Middle East would be to reverse the brain drain, a development that contributed to the high tech ...

JAN 29, 2008 Podcast

Update on the Korean Peninsula

Economist and North Korea expert Marcus Noland discusses scenarios for North Korea’s nuclear disarmament, maintaining that the DPRK is becoming increasingly vulnerable to outside ...

MAY 23, 2007 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: Successful Globalization Needed in Arab World

Over the next decade or so, the Arab world may experience population growth of 150 million people—the equivalent of adding two Egypts. Such rapid labor ...

Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform

APR 16, 2007 Podcast

Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform

According to Marcus Noland and Stephan Haggard, North Korea's famine was a result of the state's failure to adequately address food distribution and production issues; ...

The Arab Economies in a Changing World

APR 16, 2007 Podcast

Devin Stewart Interviews Marcus Noland on the Arab Economies

According to Marcus Noland, "a demographic imperative to create jobs, a questionable track record on globalization, and some deep uncertainty about political transitions--all work to ...