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Profits du commerce intercontinental et croissance dans la France du xviiie siècle

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  • Guillaume Daudin

This paper studies the role of French intercontinental trade in the accumulation of domestic capital at the end of the Ancien Régime. It uses O’Brien’s method to measure the amount of annual profits generated by this sector. The marginal gain linked to the existence of the sector is then computed by estimating what would have been the return of the resources the sector was using if they had been invested domestically instead. Finally, the paper uses the notion of “hearth of growth” to argue that profits from intercontinental trade were more important for the French economy than what their size suggests. Classification JEL : F23, N13, N73, O41

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Article provided by Presses de Sciences-Po in its journal Revue économique.

Volume (Year): 57 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 605-613

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