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The Politics of Equity Finance in Emerging Markets$
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Kathryn C. Lavelle

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174097.001.0001

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Financing Joint-Stock Companies in the Colonial Era

Financing Joint-Stock Companies in the Colonial Era

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(p.27) 2 Financing Joint-Stock Companies in the Colonial Era
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The Politics of Equity Finance in Emerging Markets
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Kathryn C. Lavelle (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0195174097.003.0002

This chapter explores the origins of global equity markets that in fact have deep historical roots. Stocks were created to finance trade and expansion overseas as part of the European imperial project, yet prior to the imposition of direct rule. Later, equity finance in the industrial era brought together large amounts of capital to finance industrial projects overseas such as railroads, electric projects and water projects. The structure of global equity markets mirrored the structure of the markets within the colonial metropole; hence the chapter emphasizes the role ofand linkages with British, French, and Dutch colonial rule.

Keywords:   equity markets, railroads, British colonialism, French colonialism, Dutch colonialism

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