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Money and monetary system in China in the 19th-20th century: an overview

Ma, Debin (2012) Money and monetary system in China in the 19th-20th century: an overview. Economic History Working Papers, 159/12. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This article provides an historical overview on the development of Chinese money and monetary regimes between about 1800 and 1950. It develops a simple conceptual framework based on the relative costs of assessing the inherent value of the currencies of different denomination. Based on this framework, I develop a historical narrative that ties important political and institutional changes with the evolving structural changes in the Chinese monetary regime marked by the vicissitudes in the use of copper, silver currencies and paper money in both the private and public financial sectors from the Opium War in mid-19th century to the end of the Civil War in the 1950s.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2012 15:38
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2012 16:22

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