Government Economic Policy in Pre-Industrial Europe

59 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2005

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Meir Kohn

Dartmouth College - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 2005


Government had an enormous impact on economic growth and development in pre-industrial Europe. Mostly, this was unintended - a side effect, for example, of government exaction or of the waging of war. However, governments did also intervene in their economies deliberately. These interventions can be grouped into a number of policies - the pursuit of legibility, a policy of provision, protectionism, bullionism, and mercantilism. This paper examines why governments pursued these policies, what form these policies took, and what were their effects on the economy.

Keywords: regulation, protection, bullionism, mercantilism, food policy, pre-industrial Europe

JEL Classification: N43, N13, F13, L41, L50, L53, Q18

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Kohn, Meir G., Government Economic Policy in Pre-Industrial Europe (November 2005). Available at SSRN: or

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