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Intermediation and the genesis of financial markets in Sweden, 1715-1765

About this project

About this project

Project information

Projekt Status

In progress 2019 - 2022


Patrik Winton

Research Subject

The purpose of the project is to investigate how the activities of intermediaries in the market for government debt in Sweden were organized during the eighteenth century. This was a period when nearly all adult inhabitants for the first time owned financial instruments that could be traded on a national market. The trading activities required assistance from various types of intermediaries, which could overcome barriers such as geographical distances and incomplete information. We do not know very much about how these transactions were organized, since previous research has focused on other time periods and other ways to reduce transaction costs. The project can therefore generate new important knowledge about financial developments in Sweden.



Research funding bodies

  • The Research Foundations of Swedish Handelsbanken


  • Peter Ericsson, Uppsala universitet