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The establishment of new market-places in East- Flanders, 1750-1900


  • Wouter Ronsijn

    () (Department of History, Ghent University)


This paper reconstructs the number of markets established in East-Flanders between 1750 and 1900, and tries to find whether there was a link with economic ideas and the discourse on the effects of periodic markets: whether more markets were established, and permissions to establish markets were more easily given, in times when free-trade ideas flourished. No clear connection was found between the ideas on the effects of market-places and the number of markets actually established. A comparatively large number of new markets was established in East- Flanders between 1750 and 1900, but this must have been related to other factors than merely the ideas on markets.

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  • Wouter Ronsijn, 2012. "The establishment of new market-places in East- Flanders, 1750-1900," EED-Working Papers 1, EED research unit, department of History, Ghent University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ghe:wpaper:1

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    Flanders; markets; economic growth; rural and urban history;

    JEL classification:

    • N93 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N43 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N73 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • B1 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925


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