Quantitative History Webinar Series

Labor Coercion and Trade: Evidence from Colonial Indonesia

2023-11-16 12:002023-11-16 14:00Asia/Hong_KongLabor Coercion and Trade: Evidence from Colonial Indonesia

Quantitative History Webinar Series
Labor Coercion and Trade: Evidence from Colonial Indonesia

Dr Mark Hup
Assistant Professor of Economics
Peking University

Date/Time: November 16, 2023 (12:00 pm Hong Kong/ Beijing/ Singapore | 13:00 pm (Tokyo) | 15:00 pm (Sydney) | November 15, 2023 20:00 pm (Los Angeles)

Venue: Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map), or Via Zoom
Language: English

Enquiry: cqhmail@hku.hk

    2023-11-16 12:002023-11-16 14:00Asia/Hong_KongLabor Coercion and Trade: Evidence from Colonial Indonesia

    Quantitative History Webinar Series
    Labor Coercion and Trade: Evidence from Colonial Indonesia

    Dr Mark Hup
    Assistant Professor of Economics
    Peking University

    Date/Time: November 16, 2023 (12:00 pm Hong Kong/ Beijing/ Singapore | 13:00 pm (Tokyo) | 15:00 pm (Sydney) | November 15, 2023 20:00 pm (Los Angeles)

    Venue: Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map), or Via Zoom
    Language: English

    Enquiry: cqhmail@hku.hk

      Overview

      Title:

      Labor Coercion and Trade: Evidence from Colonial Indonesia

      Speaker:

      Dr Mark Hup (Assistant Professor of Economics, Peking University)

      Date/Time:

      November 16, 2023 (12:00 pm Hong Kong/ Beijing/ Singapore | 13:00 pm (Tokyo) | 15:00 pm (Sydney) | November 15, 2023 20:00 pm (Los Angeles)

      Venue:

      Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map), or Via Zoom

      Language:

      English

      Title:

      Labor Coercion and Trade: Evidence from Colonial Indonesia

      Speaker:

      Dr Mark Hup (Assistant Professor of Economics, Peking University)

      Date/Time:

      November 16, 2023 (12:00 pm Hong Kong/ Beijing/ Singapore | 13:00 pm (Tokyo) | 15:00 pm (Sydney) | November 15, 2023 20:00 pm (Los Angeles)

      Venue:

      Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map), or Via Zoom

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      Abstract

      What determines the use of labor coercion? Mark Hup of Peking University studies the impact of trade on corvée labor – the payment of taxation in labor – in colonial Indonesia. To do so, he constructs a unique database on corvée usage and exports at the residency-product-year level from 1900 to 1940. The results show that trade booms, especially of labor-intensive exports, reduced corvée usage. The effect ran through laborers buying themselves out of corvée. The buy-out option enabled high-productivity laborers to self-select out of corvée without requiring stronger information-collection capabilities of the state. Through such buyouts, the fall in in-kind taxation was mirrored by a rise in monetary taxation. The opposite took place during the trade collapse of the Great Depression. While some studies find a positive relationship between trade and private labor coercion, Mark Hup argues public labor coercion follows a different logic due to the state's encompassing interest. In this Quantitative History Lecture, Mark Hup will explain how the nature of the relationship between coercer and coerced is thus key in understanding labor coercion.

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