The origin of markets is a central issue in economics and economic history, but until now there has been no definitive reference source on the subject. This authoritative research reviews fills the gap by selecting key papers analysing the evolution of markets over the past millennium. These papers, written by leading scholars in the field, relate market development to urban growth, the spread of the credit system, and the evolution of capitalism. They show that markets did not evolve in a purely spontaneous fashion, but as part of the planned development of market centres by local landowners and business people. This research review will serve as an excellent reference tool to students, academics and practitioners interested in the broad field of economics and economic history, and market evolution in particular.
Elgar Research Reviews in Economics
About this Research Review
About Elgar Research Reviews
Elgar Research Reviews consist of two principal components: a scholarly Review Article and a list of Recommended Readings.
The Review Article prepared by a leading scholar introduces the relevant field of academic study by making reference to the seminal and most transformative articles within that field. This piece sets in context the readings that follow, illustrating how they have shaped the scholarship and why they are important to the development of the field. The Recommended Readings have full references to facilitate further research.
Using the reference links provided
If your library has provided their library link resolver location then we have included a hyperlink under each reference to allow you to search for the article in your library catalogue.
There is also a link to search for each reading in Google Scholar, providing you with an alternative route to find the article on the original publisher’s site and to help you identify similar papers.
Finding a print version of the recommended readings
A print edition of this resource, which also includes the full text of the Recommended Readings in their original layout is available as a single print work, Markets and Market Institutions: Their Origin and Evolution, edited by Mark Casson (ISBN 978 1 84980 389 2). Use the Find This Book In Your Library button at the top of this page to see if it is available in your library. (The button only appears if your library has provided their link resolver details.)