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Prices and Economic Change in Medieval Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, ISSN 1750-2837, Vol. 55, no 2, 128-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article explores relative price changes in medieval Sweden, with a focus on grain, beer, salt, oxen, butter, wax and iron. Supplementary data are provided on copper and hops. Most of these goods declined substantially in price relative to grain. The magnitude of the relative price shifts reflects technological and organisational change. Price cuts tended to be larger for goods that possessed a high knowledge content, such as iron, copper, and beer, or were involved in a more efficiently organised international trade, such as salt. This parallels the notion that north-western Europe, at least from the sixteenth century, developed a distinctive pattern of relative prices, with low prices of industrial goods and high prices of food. It is striking that Sweden, a peripheral economy of medieval Europe, exhibits these traits even before the sixteenth century. The great expansion of the European economy of the early modern period appears as a continuation of the innovations of the late medieval era.

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2007. Vol. 55, no 2, 128-152 p.
Keyword [en]
prices, economic change, medieval Sweden, technological change, organisational change
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Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21284DOI: doi:10.1080/03585520701435988OAI: diva2:187810
Available from: 2007-12-07 Created: 2007-12-07 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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