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Circle of Fortune: The Long Term Impact of Western Customs Institutions in China

Gan Jin

VfS Annual Conference 2018 (Freiburg, Breisgau): Digital Economy from Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association

Abstract: This paper studies the persistent impact of good institutions on economic development in China. By exploiting a British-driven institutional switch in part of China's customs stations in 1902, I find that counties that were more affected by the British customs institutions are also better developed today. Moreover, I show that the institutional switch was exogenous to the pre-colonial development, and I provide different estimation models to reveal a robust and causal relationship between good institutions and economic development.

Keywords: Institutions; Economic development; Treaty ports; Chinese Maritime Customs Service (CMCS); China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N15 O10 P51 N15 O10 P51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cna, nep-evo, nep-gro, nep-his and nep-tra
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