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The Colonization of Hong Kong: Establishing the Pearl of Britain-China Trade

Theodore Palivos, Ping Wang () and Chong Yip

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: We construct a staged development framework with multi-period discrete choices to study the colonization of Hong Kong, which facilitated the trade of several agricultural and manufactured products, including opium, between Britain and China. The model is particularly designed based on historical data and documentation collected from various sources. We show theoretically how institutions changed in response to the underlying key primitives and lead to the transition from the pre-Opium War era, to the post-Opium War era and then to the post-opium trade era, which span the period 1773-1933. Finally, we support our theoretical findings with historical evidence.

Keywords: Colonial Economy; Opium Trade; Endogenous Policy and Institutions; Staged Development. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O53 E65 D78 N40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011-07-13
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