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A Historical Review of the Beer Economy

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  • Poelmans, Eline

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    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium)

  • Swinnen, Johan

    (LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

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This article reviews beer production, consumption and the industrial organization of breweries throughout history. Monasteries were the centers of the beer economy in the early Middle Ages. Innovation and increased demand later induced the growth of commercial breweries. Globalization and scientific discoveries transformed the beer industry and increased competition from the 16th through the 19th century. The 20th century was characterized by dramatic (domestic and international) consolidation, major shifts in consumption patterns, and the re-emergence of small breweries.

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Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2011/16.

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Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:201116

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Keywords: economic history; history of beer; monasteries; innovation and taxation in brewing; modern brewing; consolidation and globalization;

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