The origins of the Bilbao Stock Exchange, 1891-1936
This paper presents first results of our more recent research on the Bilbao stock exchange from its foundation in 1890 up to the Spanish civil war. We examine the stock market’s origins and follow its evolution over the first half century of existence. To this end we introduce some of the stock exchange indexes we have calculated for Bilbao and put them into comparative perspective with the existing series on general economic and industrial activity and the indexes for other Spanish exchanges for the period considered. Finally, we contrast the degree of market integration associated to the existing Spanish exchange indexes. We find strong support for considering the Bilbao Stock Exchange index an industrial index and little evidence of capital market integration between the principal Spanish exchanges before the 1920s.
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