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Finance Capitalism and Germany's Rise to Industrial Power

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  • Fohlin,Caroline

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Based on a wide array of data collected by the author, this book, which was first published in 2007, uses clear theoretically motivated economic analysis to explain the structure, performance, and influence of universal banks and securities markets on firms during industrialisation. The German universal banks played a significant but not overwhelming role in the ownership and control of corporate firms. Banks gained access to boards via a confluence of their underwriting and brokerage activities, the legal phenomena of bearer shares and deposited voting rights, and the flourishing securities markets of the turn of the twentieth century. In general, bank relationships had little impact on firm performance; stock market listings, or ownership structure, were more important. The findings show that securities markets can thrive within a civil-law, universal-bank system and suggest that financial system complexity can favour rapid industrial expansion.

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This book is provided by Cambridge University Press in its series Cambridge Books with number 9780521810203 and published in 2007.

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