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Theodore Palivos

Department of Economics
Athens University of Economics and Business
Athens, Greece

E-Mail: tpalivos@aueb.gr

NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2017Dynamic Trade, Endogenous Institutions and the Colonization of Hong Kong: A Staged Development Framework
with T. Terry Cheung, Ping Wang, Yin-Chi Wang, Chong K. Yip: w23937
To explore the interplays between trade and institutions, we construct a staged development framework with multi-period discrete choices to study the colonization of Hong Kong, which served to facilitate the trade of several agricultural and manufactured products, including opium, between Britain and China. Based on the historical data and documents that we collected from limited sources, we design our dynamic trade model to capture several key features of the colonization process and use it to characterize the endogenous 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. We show that while the low opium trading cost and the high warfare cost initially postponed any military action, the high valuation of t...

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