Was Japanese Colonialism Good for the Welfare of Taiwanese? Stature and the Standard of Living

The China Quarterly, Vol. 192, pp. 990-1013, 2007

Posted: 14 Jan 2008

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Stephen L. Morgan

University of Nottingham - Nottingham University Business School; University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Faculty of Social Sciences

Shiyung Liu

Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica

Abstract

Japanese rule transformed Taiwan from 1895 to 1945, laying the foundations for the post-1950 "economic miracle," but there is little consensus about the impact on the welfare of Taiwan's ethnic Chinese. A difficulty with past studies is the adequacy of economic indicators to measure the standard of living. Instead of conventional economic data, we use average adult height, an indicator of nutritional status. The rise in the average height of the Chinese indicates welfare improved under colonialism, but the static average height from 1930 highlights the negative effect of the shift in economic policy during the late colonial period.

Keywords: China, Taiwan, Japan, Colonialism, Standard of Living, Height, Anthropometric History

JEL Classification: N15, N35, O15, O53

Suggested Citation

Morgan, Stephen Lloyd and Liu, Shiyung, Was Japanese Colonialism Good for the Welfare of Taiwanese? Stature and the Standard of Living. The China Quarterly, Vol. 192, pp. 990-1013, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1083065

Stephen Lloyd Morgan (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham - Nottingham University Business School ( email )

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University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Faculty of Social Sciences ( email )

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Shiyung Liu

Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica ( email )

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Taipei, 11529
Taiwan

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