The Economic Performance of Civilizations: Roles of Culture, Religion, and the Law
The purpose of this conference is to make progress toward identifying and isolating the effects of religion, cultures and legal systems on the economic trajectories of civilizations. The participants belong to several disciplines and they vary greatly in geographic emphasis. The civilizations to be studied comparatively include those of East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Contexts to be emphasized include commercial organizations, public finance, state formation, property rights and industrial organizations. The conference is co-sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.
Session II: Evolution of Commercial Institutions (I)
Chair: Brett Sheehan
Discussants: Dan Klerman and Ghislaine Lydon
Molly Greene, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, Princeton University Merchant of Venice, Merchant of Istanbul: What’s the Difference?
Ron Harris, Professor of Law and Legal History, School of Law, Tel Aviv University The Institutional Dynamics of Early Modern Eurasian Trade: The Corporation and the Commenda