Institutions and European Trade: Merchant Guilds, 1000-1800

Institutions and European Trade: Merchant Guilds, 1000-1800

by Sheilagh Ogilvie


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521747929
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2011
Series: Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sheilagh Ogilvie is Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her prize-winning publications include State Corporatism and Proto-Industry: The Württemberg Black Forest 1590–1797 (Cambridge University Press, 1997, winner of the Gyorgy Ranki Prize 1999) and A Bitter Living: Women, Markets, and Social Capital in Early Modern Germany (2003, winner of the René Kuczynski Prize 2004).

Table of Contents

1. Merchant guilds, efficiency, and social capital
2. What was a merchant guild?
3. Local merchant guilds
4. Alien merchant guilds and companies
5. Merchant guilds and rulers
6. Commercial security
7. Contract enforcement
8. Principal-agent problems
9. Information
10. Price volatility
11. Institutions, social capital and economic development.

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