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Reports from SERI Quarterly, SERI's in-depth quarterly journal on the Korean and Northeast Asian economies

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  • Lessons from K-pop’s Global Success
    October 2012 Lessons from K-pop’s Global Success

    K-pop has entrenched itself as a bona fide phenomenon in Asia and is rapidly extending its reach to new markets. Companies in other industries can benefit from its success by deploying K-pop based products and tourism packages, using K-pop stars as spokesmen, and piggybacking on K-pop’s transnational appeal. Companies can also learn from K-pop’s system of rigorous training and long-term planning.

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  • In-Store Strategies to Motivate Shoppers
    October 2012 In-Store Strategies to Motivate Shoppers

    Succeeding in retail is as much a matter of consumer psychology as it is of price and quality. Taking due care of elements like entrances, floor plans, and even parking lots and restrooms can be key to getting customers to buy, while addressing their emotional rather than their rational needs can ensure that they come back for more.

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  • The Renminbi Debate: A Review of Controversies and New Developments
    October 2012 The Renminbi Debate: A Review of Controversies and New Developments

    China has risen quickly to become the world’s largest exporter, and along the way has been accused of intentionally undervaluing its currency. The truth is more complicated, as China has actually allowed its currency to appreciate substantially, and various other factors affect the issue. The real value of China’s currency may be higher than it appears, and does not justify trade battles.

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  • Lessons from K-pop’s Global Success
    July 2012 Lessons from K-pop’s Global Success

    K-pop has entrenched itself as a bona fide phenomenon in Asia and is rapidly extending its reach to new markets. Companies in other industries can benefit from its success by deploying K-pop based products and tourism packages, using K-pop stars as spokesmen, and piggybacking on K-pop’s transnational appeal. Companies can also learn from K-pop’s system of rigorous training and long-term planning.

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  • Time to Invest in Disadvantaged Young Children
    July 2012 Time to Invest in Disadvantaged Young Children

    Improving the lives of disadvantaged children is more than a humanitarian good, as it provides real economic benefits as well. Early childhood intervention can lead to more skilled workers for companies, reduce health care burdens for the public, and diminish the temptation to engage in risky behaviors and crime as adults. In Korea, early childhood intervention can provide dividends in the form of a more productive workforce, and reduced income inequality in the future.

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  • The Great Debt Controversy in the US and Beyond
    April 2012 The Great Debt Controversy in the US and Beyond

    The US government has gone from a financial crisis in 2008 to a debt crisis in 2011. Growth in debt has been fueled by a number of obvious causes, like excessive government spending, tax loopholes, and rising health care and entitlement burdens, as well as other factors like poorly devised financial innovations, and ineffective stimulus and relief programs. No simple solutions to the US deficit issue are in sight.

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  • Exporting Korea’s Urban Development Expertise
    January 2012 Exporting Korea’s Urban Development Expertise

    Korea has experienced one of history’s most rapid transitions from a rural to an urban society. Along the way, Korea gained valuable experience on what to do and what not to do for other societies currently making the transition. Today Korean firms are using the expertise they gained at home in the wave of urbanization taking place in emerging markets.

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  • The Impact of Resource Misallocation: The Chinese Example
    January 2012 The Impact of Resource Misallocation: The Chinese Example

    Productivity is the central issue in increasing national wealth, and allocation of resources is central to productivity. China’s growth into an increasingly productive economy furnishes a prime example of the way in which correcting inefficient distribution of resources, in this case from state owned firms to the private sector, has contributed to increased productivity and growth.

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