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A Comparative Study on Landownership Between China and England

34 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2007  

Feng Frederic Frederic Deng

Chongqing Technology and Business University

Date Written: February 24, 2007


By comparing the development of landownership in China and England, this paper explores what were behind their different trajectories. In particular, I examined the delineation of property rights, alienation of land, rent and tax, inheritance and accumulation of land. Feudal England was a combination of the Roman system and Anglo-Saxon tradition. From that very strict hierarchical structure England has experienced an evolution toward free land market. In contrast, since very early China has established a unique economic system that allowed free alienation of land, but it has been trying to check the development of land market and private property rights by various means, the most important of which is the strengthening and expanding of patriarchal clan system. The different development paths of China and England show the different responses of two different cultures, which are oriented toward family and individual, respectively, to the same problems related to landownership.

Keywords: landownership, property rights, culture, institutions, China, England

JEL Classification: D23, N50, P52, Q15

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Deng, Feng Frederic mname, A Comparative Study on Landownership Between China and England (February 24, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Feng Frederic Deng (Contact Author)

Chongqing Technology and Business University ( email )

Chongqing, Nan'an 400067

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