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September 17 Thursday

Law, Economics & Organization Workshop: "Elite Kinship Network and State Strengthening: Theory and Evidence from Imperial China" with Harvard Gov. Prof. Yuhua Wang

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 4:10PM - 5:40PM
  • To access the Workshop, please go to the LEO main page (https://law.yale.edu/LEO) on Thursday, Sept. 17th after 9:00 a.m.
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Yuhua Wang, Professor of Government at Harvard University, will be presenting from his draft paper "Elite Kinship Network and State Strengthening: Theory and Evidence from Imperial China." The abstract of the draft paper reads:

"Existing theories of state strengthening focus on macro-level factors. We know less about the micro-level incentives for elites to support or oppose state strengthening. I develop an argument in which elites choose the most efficient governance structure (public or private) to provide services for their kin. When elites’ kinship networks are geographically dispersed, they prefer to strengthen the state because it is more efficient to 'buy' services from the state. When their kinship networks are geographically concentrated, they prefer a weak state because they can 'make' low-cost private services and avoid paying taxes to the state. I map politicians’ kinship networks using their tomb epitaphs from 11th-century China and show that, even facing severe external threats, politicians exhibited polarization in their attitudes toward state strengthening, which can be explained by the geography of their kinship networks. The findings point to the importance of social structure in understanding state building."

The complete draft paper is available here.

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