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A temporal analysis of wealth in eighteenth-century Ottoman Kastamonu

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  • Metin M. Cosgel

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Bogac A. Ergene

    (University of Vermont)

  • Atabey Kaygun

    (Bahcesehir University)

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This article studies temporal variations in wealth levels and distribution in an Ottoman context during the eighteenth century. By analysing the probate estate inventories of the Muslim deceased in Kastamonu, located in north-central Anatolia, we demonstrate that real wealth levels generally declined over the course of the century. Our analysis also suggests that the economic conditions of poor men, if not women, deteriorated more so than those of the rich, fuelling growing inequality. The article explores the factors that contributed to these trends and discusses the relevance of our findings for long-term economic development patterns in the region from a comparative perspective.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2013-03.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2013
Date of revision: Mar 2013
Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2013-03

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Keywords: wealth; inequality; war; weather; Ottoman Empire;

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