Sweet Trade and Old Habits: Effects of Privileges and Time-Varying Trade Costs on Sugar Trade to Baltic Towns Based on Skipper Specific Data, 1650-1857

Schmidt, T. D. (Underviser)

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragKonferenceoplæg


A historically recent theory points to the importance of discrimination in trade privileges. This “old habit” dates back to the Sound Toll of 1429 to 1857. I focus on "sweet trade" in sugar from 17 ports outside the Baltic Sea area to 17 Baltic Sea ports from 1650 to 1857. Political uncertainty of the French Revolutionary Wars is used for identification of privileges. Proxies for time varying trade costs, as measured by network intensity, arrive from data on 17,672 skippers. Time-varying trade costs possibly confound measures of discrimination, as advantages of privileged market access decreases from 202 percent to 58 percent when controlling for time-varying trade costs.
Periode29. aug. 2019
BegivenhedstitelEuropean Regional Science Association Conference 2019: Special Session: Historical Roots of Regional Performance
PlaceringLyon, Frankrig
Grad af anerkendelseInternational