Oscar Gelderblom

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The English Parliament’s struggle for supremacy in the seventeenth century was crucial for the development of representative government in the English-speaking world, yet its lessons continue to be debated. This paper provides the first systematic evidence on the determinants of individuals’ decisions to join the coalition for revolutionary reform. The(More)
The recent emergence of the sub-discipline of ‘‘global history’’, and of its branches ‘‘global economic history’’ and ‘‘global labour history’’, is probably one of the most interesting developments in the social and historical sciences. In the age of globalization the question should be asked whether it is possible to analyse and understand global patterns(More)
resentative government in an era where the rulers of France and Spain were experiencing ∗Address: jha saumitra@gsb.stanford.edu; Graduate School of Business, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford CA 94305. I owe particular thanks to Susan Athey and Avner Greif as well as Ran Abramitsky, Amrita Ahuja, Ken Arrow, Dan Bogart, Ernesto Dal Bo, Ann Carlos, Mauricio(More)
We explore the history of public debt management in the Low Countries from the 16 to the end of the 18 century to answer why the Habsburg public debt system produce spectacular results in the northern provinces, but not in the southern ones. The answer lies partly in economic, partly in political circumstances. The revolt against Spain pushed the northern(More)
Although the importance of merchant guilds for the commercial development of Europe is beyond doubt, scholars do not agree about why they emerged, persisted, and ultimately declined between the eleventh and eighteenth centuries. Historical studies usually focus on individual cases and idiosyncratic circumstances that restrict comparisons, whereas economic(More)
  • Peter Koudijs, Karine van der Beek, +10 authors Jan de Vries
  • 2010
How much of the short run volatility of asset prices is due to the arrival of news? And how much can be accounted for by factors unrelated to the arrival of new information such as trading frictions, changing preferences for risk, behavioral factors and asymmetric information? Because news arrival is difficult to measure, this question is difficult to(More)
An Anglo-Dutch premium auction (ADPA) is a two-stage auction, with a cash premium paid to the first-stage winner. We study such auctions used in the secondary securities market in 18th-century Amsterdam – among the first uses of a structured market-clearing mechanism in any financial market. Analysis of 16,854 securities sales in the late 1700s shows an(More)
Data on housing costs and rental markets for the early modern period are notoriously scarce. Using a new database of rent paid on 183 properties belonging to the Cathedral Chapter of Toledo between 1489 and 1600, we reconstruct housing costs for various social groups and trace the effect of exogenous shocks on the rental market using hedonic techniques. We(More)
We explore the history of public debt management in the Low Countries from the 16 to the end of the 18 century to answer why the Habsburg public debt system produce spectacular results in the northern provinces, but not in the southern ones. The answer lies partly in economic, partly in political circumstances. The revolt against Spain pushed the northern(More)