The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Legal Institutions and the Ancient Economy

  • Dennis P. Kehoe
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95189-5_2604

Abstract

This brief survey suggests some of the issues that can be investigated by a careful analysis of the relationship between legal institutions and the economy in the ancient world. By investigating legal institutions, we can better understand the relationships that shaped the economy and the likely implications of these relationships for economic performance. It covers institutions in the Ancient Greek world, in the Ancient Roman world, and more briefly in Ptolemaic Egypt.

Keywords

Agency Ancient Greece Ancient Rome Ancient Egypt Law and economics New institutional economics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis P. Kehoe
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