Finance, Intermediaries, and Economic Development

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This volume includes ten essays concerned with financial and other forms of economic intermediation in Europe, Canada, and the United States, dating from the seventeenth century through the twentieth. The essays relate the development of institutions to economic change and describe their evolution over time. Each also discusses several different forms of intermediation and deals with significant economic and historical issues.

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"This is an unusually strong and coherent collection of excellent piece of research (that) will find a welcome place on the shelves of any library, as well as any economic historian who admires the work of Lance Davis." Timothy W. Guinnane, Yale University,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521147415
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Markets and Institutions in the Rise of London as a Financial Center in the Seventeenth Century 11
2 The Paris Bourse, 1724-1814: Experiments in Microstructure 34
3 No Exit: Notarial Bankruptcies and the Evolution of Financial Intermediation in Nineteenth Century Paris 75
4 The Mortgage Market in Upper Canada: Window on a Pioneer Economy 111
5 Integration of U.S. Capital Markets: Southern Stock Markets and the Case of New Orleans, 1871-1913 132
6 The Transition from Building and Loan to Savings and Loan, 1890-1940 157
7 Intermediaries in the U.S. Market for Technology, 1870-1920 209
8 Beyond Chinatown: Overseas Chinese Intermediaries on the Multiethnic North-American Pacific Coast in the Age of Financial Capital 247
9 Finance and Capital Accumulation in a Planned Economy: The Agricultural Surplus Hypothesis and Soviet Economic Development, 1928-1939 272
10 Was Adherence to the Gold Standard a "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" during the Interwar Period? 288
Afterword: About Lance Davis 319
Index 337
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