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Estimates of North Korea's gross national product by agencies in the United States and South Korea vary widely, by as much as a factor of two. Although most of the sources do not fully explain the methods used for estimation, the principal causes of the differences probably fall into two categories: differing concepts of national income and the products on which estimates are based, and different values used in measuring population, foreign exchange rate, economic growth rate, and price indexes. The paper makes comparative analyses among several of the sources for various components of GNP.

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