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The Performance of European Business in the Twentieth Century

Youssef Cassis, Andrea Colli, and Harm Schröter

Abstract

This book is a first attempt at measuring European business performance over the entire twentieth century and in doing so provides a totally new approach to European business history. It is based on a single sample of 1,225 companies, belonging to eight European economies: the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, and Finland. Performance has been measured in terms of return on equity (ROE) and holding return (HR), thus providing a complementary measure of profitability, the former from the firm’s perspective, the latter from the investor’s perspective. The book’s findings, at ti ... More

Keywords: European business performance, European business history, return on equity, holding return, strategy, structure, ownership and control, old and new industries, emerging and advanced economies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749776
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749776.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Youssef Cassis, editor
Professor of Economic History, European University Institute

Andrea Colli, editor
Professor of Economic History, Bocconi University

Harm Schröter, editor
Professor of Economic History, Institute of AHKR, University of Bergen

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Contents

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Part I Overview and Methodology

1 The Performance of European Enterprise during the Twentieth Century

Youssef Cassis, Andrea Colli, and Harm G. Schröter

2 Methodology and Traps

Michele D’Alessandro

Part II Countries’ Performance

4 The Performance of Belgian Enterprises in the Twentieth Century

Frans Buelens, Ludo Cuyvers, Marc Deloof, and Helma De Smedt

6 The Performance of French Business in the Twentieth Century

Youssef Cassis, Anne Dalmasso, and Pierre Vernus

9 Spanish Business Performance in the Twentieth Century

Veronica Binda, Albert Carreras, and Xavier Tafunell

Part III Industries’ Performance

11 Old Industries in Europe, 1911–2000

Toni Pierenkemper, Helma De Smedt, Frans Buelens, Ludo Cuyvers, and Marc Deloof

14 Commercial and Financial Services

Mats Larsson, Edoardo Altamura, and Youssef Cassis