The Origins and Development of Financial Markets and Institutions: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present

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Collectively, mankind has never had it so good despite periodic economic crises of which the current sub-prime crisis is merely the latest example. Much of this success is attributable to the increasing efficiency of the world's financial institutions as finance has proved to be one of the most important causal factors in economic performance. In a series of insightful essays, financial and economic historians examine how financial innovations from the seventeenth century to the present have continually ...

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Overview

Collectively, mankind has never had it so good despite periodic economic crises of which the current sub-prime crisis is merely the latest example. Much of this success is attributable to the increasing efficiency of the world's financial institutions as finance has proved to be one of the most important causal factors in economic performance. In a series of insightful essays, financial and economic historians examine how financial innovations from the seventeenth century to the present have continually challenged established institutional arrangements, forcing change and adaptation by governments, financial intermediaries, and financial markets. Where these have been successful, wealth creation and growth have followed. When they failed, growth slowed and sometimes economic decline has followed. These essays illustrate the difficulties of co-ordinating financial innovations in order to sustain their benefits for the wider economy, a theme that will be of interest to policy makers as well as economic historians.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521154765
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,055,391
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; 1. Financial innovations and crises: the view backwards from Northern Rock Jeremy Atack; 2. An economic explanation of the early Bank of Amsterdam, debasement, bills of exchange and the emergence of the first Central Bank Stephen Quinn and William Roberds; 3. With a view to hold: the emergence of institutional investors on the Amsterdam securities market during the 17th and 18th centuries Oscar Gelderblom and Joost Jonker; 4. Was John Law's system a bubble? The Mississippi Bubble revisited Fran├žois R. Velde; 5. Sir George Caswall vs. the Duke of Portland: financial contracts and litigation in the wake of the South Sea Bubble Gary S. Shea; 6. The Bell Jar: commercial interest rates between two revolutions, 1688-1789 Marc Flandreau, Christophe Galimard, Clemens Jobst and Pilar Nogues Marco; 7. Comparing the UK and US financial systems, 1790-1830 Richard Sylla; 8. Natural experiments in financial reform in the nineteenth century, the Davis and Gallman analysis Larry Neal; 9. Regulatory changes and the development of the US banking market, 1870-1914: a study of profit rates and risk in national banks Richard J. Sullivan; 10. Anticipating the stock market crash of 1929: the view from the floor of the stock exchange Eugene N. White; 11. The development of 'non-traditional' open market operations: lessons from FDR's Silver Purchase Program Richard C. K. Burdekin and Marc D. Weidenmier; 12. The interwar shocks to US-Cuban trade relations: a view through sugar company stock price data Alan Dye and Richard Sicotte; 13. Central Bank reaction functions during the inter-war Gold Standard: a view from the periphery Kirsten Wandschneider; 14. Monetary policy and equity price booms: historical cross-country evidence Michael Bordo and David Wheelock; 15. Lessons from history for the twenty-first century Larry Neal; Index.

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