Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why Economics Needs History

Barry Eichengreen's INET talk

NEP-HIS

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo's blog on new papers in economic history.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Trust Companies in the Panic of 1907


Abstract

The runs on trust companies during the Panic of 1907 have been blamed on unregulated financial innovation. New York trust companies are said to have taken advantage of gaps in regulation to engage in risky behavior, ultimately causing depositors to lose confidence in trust companies. This paper shows that there was not a general loss of confidence in trust companies. Runs were concentrated on a specific group of trust companies: the uptown trust companies. But there is no evidence of mismanagement or unusually risky asset allocation among these companies. Instead, it was the nature of their deposits that made them more susceptible to runs. While traditional trust companies focused on small numbers of large deposits from businesses, the uptown trust companies had large numbers of household deposits.

His Dark Materials and Economic History

According to the documents at the end of Philip Pullman's Once Upon a Time in the North Lyra went on to study economic history. Her dissertation for an M.Phil in Economic History was titled "Developments in patterns of trade in the European Arctic region with particular reference to independent cargo balloon carriage (1950-1970)."