- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Notes on the Contributors
- Business History and History
- Economic Theory and Business History
- Business History and Economic Development
- Business History and Management Studie
- The Historical Alternatives Approac
- Big Business
- Family Business
- Industrial Districts and Regional Clusters
- Business Groups and Interfirm Networks
- Business Interest Associations
- Banking and Finance
- Technology and Innovation
- Design and Engineering
- Marketing and Distribution
- The Management of Labor and Human Resource
- Accounting, Information, and Communication Systems
- Corporate Governance
- Business And The State
- Skill Formation And Training
- Business Education
- Business Culture
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the contributions of business historians to the analysis of comparative financial systems. It begins with the responses of historical research to questions raised by economists. The article then goes on to highlight new questions raised by the work of business historians themselves. It gives a short presentation of the debates among economists. Furthermore, the article gives a detailed account of five topics in an historical perspective: the role of firms' self-financing, the role of external finance and the structure of its components, the systemic character of cross-national variations, the historical origins of national financial systems, and the consequences of these differences for economic performances. Finally, the article presents a short concluding section that considers the problem of convergence.
Michel Lescure is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Paris X‐Nanterre, France. His publications on business and financial history include Les banques, l'Etat et le marché immobilier en France à l'époque contemporaine (Paris, 1982), PME et croissance économique en France dans les années 1920 (Paris, 1996), Banques locales et banques régionales en Europe au XXe siècle, edited with Alain Plessis (Paris, 2004). He is currently the manager of the research center Institutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l'Economie.
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