Colonial Legacies and State Institutions in China

  title={Colonial Legacies and State Institutions in China},
  author={Daniel C. Mattingly},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={434 - 463}
What is the legacy of Japanese colonial rule in East Asia? In this article, I use a geographic regression discontinuity design to examine of the long-run effects of Japanese rule over northern China. I find that the Japanese colonization of northern China had a positive long-run effect on state institutions—with persistent increases in schooling, health, and bureaucratic density. I also find suggestive evidence that colonization led to increases in wealth, as measured by census data and… 

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