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Unpublished Paper
The Institutional Dynamics of Early Modern Eurasian Trade: The Commenda and the Corporation
(2008)
  • Ron Harris, Tel Aviv University
Abstract
The focus of this article is on legal-economic institutions that organized early-modern Eurasian trade. It identifies two such institutions that had divergent dispersion patterns, the corporation and the commenda. The corporation ended up as a uniquely European institution that did not migrate until the era of European colonization. The commenda that originated in Arabia migrated all the way to Western Europe and to China. The article explains their divergent dispersion based on differences in their institutional and geographical environments and on dynamic factors. It claims that institutional analysis errs when it ignores migration of institutions. It provides building blocks for the modeling of institutional migration.
Keywords
  • Corporation,
  • Commenda,
  • Eurasian,
  • legal transplantation,
  • institutional transplants,
  • comparative institutional analysis,
  • china,
  • india,
  • middle east,
  • europe,
  • business organization
Disciplines
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Ron Harris. "The Institutional Dynamics of Early Modern Eurasian Trade: The Commenda and the Corporation" (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ron_harris/12/