DP7169 Monetary Geography Before the Industrial Revolution

Author(s): Marc Flandreau, Christophe Galimard, Clemens Jobst, Pilar Nogues-Marco
Publication Date: February 2009
Keyword(s): history, international currency, international monetary system, network analysis
JEL(s): F33, N23
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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In this article, we study Europe's monetary geography on the eve of the Industrial Revolution. Our unit of analysis is the city and we explore inter-city linkages. Important findings include a considerable degree of integration and multilateralism with monetary centers having already emerged as vehicles for international settlements, before the Industrial Revolution.