Business, Finance and Institutions:
What Can We Learn from the Past?
19-20 October 2006
University of Antwerp
Nobody can hope to understand the economic phenomena of any, including the present, epoch, who has not an adequate command of historical facts and an adequate amount of historical sense or what might be described as historical experience .. it is, I believe, the fact that most of the fundamental errors currently committed in economic analysis are due to lack of historical experience more often than to any other shortcoming of the economist's equipment.
Joseph A. Schumpeter
We are delighted to invite you to our conference on "Long-Term Perspectives on Business, Finance and Institutions. What can we learn from the past?". The conference is hosted by the Studiecentrum Onderneming en Beurs - SCOB and the Centrum voor Bedrijfsgeschiedenis of the University of Antwerp, Belgium
The objective of this conference is to bring together recent economic and historical research that investigates the development of business and finance over the past centuries, how it interacted with legal, economic and political institutions, and the impact on economic performance. We welcome all contributions that study any aspect of accounting, business, corporate governance, finance and economic performance from a historical perspective. We particularly welcome contributions that focus on the role of institutions, and contributions based on long time series analysis.