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Economics Benefits from Colonial Assets: The Case of the Netherlands and Indonesia, 1870-1958


  • Van der Eng, P.


This paper explores the question whether and to what extent the economic relations between the Netherlands and its former colony Indonesia could be crucial to explaining `metropolitan' economic development and `peripheral' underdevelopment. It first surveys the literature on economic explanations for imperialism and the historiography involving Netherlands-Indonesia relations. The paper then generalises the broad economic importance to the Dutch economy of having Indonesia as a colony. The paper argues that the economic relevance shifted from trade to financial relations since ca.1900.

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  • Van der Eng, P., 1998. "Economics Benefits from Colonial Assets: The Case of the Netherlands and Indonesia, 1870-1958," Papers 39, Groningen State, Institute of Economic Research-.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:gronig:39

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    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development


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