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Guilds are social scientists ̕favoured historical example of institutions generating a social capital ̕of trust that benefited entire economies. This article considers this view in the light of empirical findings for early modern Europe. It draws the distinction between a particularized...
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This paper analyzes an early modern German economy to test alternative theories about guilds. It finds little evidence to support recent hypotheses arguing that guilds corrected market failures relating to product quality, training, and innovation. But it finds that guilds were social networks...
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This paper analyzes an early modern German economy to test alternative theories about guilds. It finds little evidence to support recent hypotheses arguing that guilds corrected market failures relating to product quality, training, and innovation. But it finds that guilds were social networks...
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