Episode 41: The Kimchi Premium: South Korea’s Cryptocurrency Scene

The cryptocurrency industry in South Korea is a uniquely widespread phenomenon with incredibly high demand. The country’s strict capital controls and structural impediments create an arbitrage-type situation known as the ‘Kimchi Premium’.

CFCS’s Allison Owen speaks with Dr John Park, director of the Korea Project at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, about his forthcoming paper, which examines the risks related to South Korea’s distinct cryptocurrency ecosystem.

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Financial Crime Insights is a collection of discussions from past CFCS webinars and events with top financial crime thinkers, as well as behind-the-scenes research interviews with the CFCS team. The topics they discuss remain timely and our aim is to bring these insights from the computer screen to our listeners who are on the go.


Allison Owen

Associate Fellow - Expert in cryptocurrency and counter-proliferation finance

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