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The Modernization Of Swedish Credit Markets, 1840 1905: Evidence From Probate Records

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  • Lindgren, H kan
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    This study estimates the size of the so-called informal, or unintermediated, credit market in one Swedish city through a period of economic transformation. In the early 1840s promissory notes accounted for more than half of the total credit market, and almost four times the value of credit channeled through the banking system. Even in the 1870s, the promissory-note market was twice the size of the loan volume of the banking system. By 1905 bank-based credit had finally surpassed the informal variety; but even then, outstanding promissory notes were almost three-fifths as great as total bank credits to noncorporate borrowers.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal The Journal of Economic History.

    Volume (Year): 62 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 03 (September)
    Pages: 810-832

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:62:y:2002:i:03:p:810-832_00

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    Cited by:
    1. Ohlsson, Henry, 2007. "The legacy of the Swedish gift and inheritance tax, 1884–2004," Working Paper Series, Uppsala University, Department of Economics 2007:23, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
    2. Richard S. Grossman, 2011. "The Economic History of Banking," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2011-004, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics.

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