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Institutions and European Trade : Merchant Guilds, 1000-1800

Author: Sheilagh C Ogilvie
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011, ©2011.
Series: Cambridge studies in economic history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What was the role of merchant guilds in the medieval and early modern economy? Does their wide prevalence and long survival mean they were efficient institutions that benefited the whole economy? Or did they simply offer an effective way for the rich and powerful to increase their wealth, at the expense of outsiders, customers and society as a whole? These privileged associations of businessmen were key institutions
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sheilagh C Ogilvie
ISBN: 9780521764179 0521764173 9780521747929 0521747929
OCLC Number: 694679194
Description: vi, 493 pages ; 24 cm.
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.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in economic history.
Responsibility: Sheilagh Ogilvie.
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