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

  • Debin Ma
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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.

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    Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History in its series Economic History Working Papers with number 41940.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:ehl:wpaper:41940
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