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Pre- and post-famine indices of Irish equity prices

  • HICKSON, CHARLES R.
  • TURNER, JOHN D.

The market for company stock in Ireland entered its formative period in the mid 1820s with the incorporation of banks and railways. Using data obtained from stockbroker lists, we estimate market capitalisation and construct weighted and unweighted monthly stock market indices for the period 1825–64. Our findings show that the market appears to have been relatively unaffected by the Famine. We suggest that an efficient-market explanation may better explain this finding than a dual-economy explanation. Our findings also show that the stock market increased significantly in value in the post-Famine period. This finding is consistent with an increase in demand for financial assets as well as the rapid commercialisation of the Irish economy.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal European Review of Economic History.

Volume (Year): 12 (2008)
Issue (Month): 01 (April)
Pages: 3-38

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