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- DescriptionThe rise of America from a colonial outpost to one of the world's most sophisticated and productive ecomies was facilitated by the establishment of a variety of ecomic enterprises pursued within the framework of laws and institutions that set the rules for their organization and operation. To better understand the historical processes central to American ecomic development, Enterprising America brings together contributors who address the ecomic behavior of American firms and financial institutions-and the associated legal institutions that shaped their behavior-throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Collectively, the contributions provide an account of the ways in which businesses, banks, and credit markets promoted America's extraordinary ecomic growth. Among the topics that emerge are the rise of incorporation and its connection to factory production in manufacturing, the organization and operation of large cotton plantations in comparison with factories, the regulation and governance of banks, the transportation revolution's influence on bank stability and survival, and the emergence of long-distance credit in the context of an ecomy that was growing rapidly and becoming increasingly integrated across space.
- Author BiographyWilliam J. Collins is the Terence E. Adderley Jr. Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University and a research associate of the NBER. Robert A. Margo is professor of economics at Boston University and a research associate of the NBER.
- Author(s)Robert A. Margo,William J. Collins
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication09/10/2015
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Series TitleNBER-Conference Report
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight522 g
- Width150 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine25 mm
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