Retail Ratios in the Netherlands, c. 1670 - c. 1815
AbstractThe Netherlands are thought to have pioneered an early modern 'Retail Revolution' which reduced the transaction costs of bringing market wares to wider social strata, facilitating the Consumer Revolution. This paper addresses open questions about this development using a commonly used quantitative benchmark â€“ the 'retail ratio', defined as the number of retailers per 1,000 inhabitants. We present a large dataset of Dutch retail ratios and use them to show how the density of retailing in the Netherlands varied across space, over time, and with other local characteristics. We conclude by drawing broader implications of our findings for understanding the early modern Retail Revolution.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Cambridge in its series Working Papers with number 2.
Length: 21,388 words text + tables and figures
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2012
Date of revision: 01 Jan 2012
Publication status: Published in Van den Heuvel, D. and S. Ogilvie (2013). 'Retail development in the consumer revolution: The Netherlands, c. 1670â€“c. 1815'. Explorations in Economic History 50(1): 69-87.
Retail Consumer revolution; Netherlands; Women; Guilds; Agglomeration economies; Agrarian structure;
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- L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce
- N33 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: Pre-1913
- N43 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: Pre-1913
- N73 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Europe: Pre-1913
- N93 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: Pre-1913
- R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
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