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By Jonathan Barron Baskin

This examine specializes in the position of associations and organisations within the improvement of company finance from the Italian service provider banks of the Renaissance throughout the formation of conglomerates and leveraged-buy-out partnerships in modern Wall highway. It additionally places forth a compelling argument for the nearer integration of ancient and quantitative study methodologies in monetary idea. The epilogue includes an unique set of rules that explains the connection among the temporary, firm-specific components and longer-term environmental parts that experience formed the ancient improvement of finance.

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Improvements in the legal system also facilitated economic expansion. New contractual forms and financial instruments helped to reduce risk and to enhance the efficiency of international trade and finance. Particularly useful in this regard 29 THE PREINDUSTRIAL WORLD were innovations that surmounted the impediments to business growth deriving from religious prohibitions against such practices as taking interest on loans. In addition, Italian entrepreneurs did much to enhance the operational capacities of their firms.

Simply stated, the model predicts that current dividends are a weighted average of current earnings and the dividend in the past period. Thus, dividends reflect a process of adjustment toward some fixed payout rate of earnings. One implication is that the time series of dividends should be smoother than that of profits. This indeed appears to be the case. Firms seem to strive actively to provide shareholders with a dependable flow of steady cash payments. 47 These research findings have yet another important implication for theory.

To counter the growing threat of Muslim sea power, the hard-pressed Byzantine regime eagerly granted the Venetians special trading privileges in their territories in return for military assistance. So too did the leaders of successive crusading expeditions, who relied on the Venetians to maintain sea connections between Europe and their Levantine fiefs. The 9 Lopez, Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages, pp. 73-79; and for insurance origins, see Luzzatto, Economic History of Italy, p. 113. 10 For a discussion of the origins of commercial revival in Genoa, see Avner Greif, "On the Political Foundations of the Late Medieval Commercial Revolution: Genoa during the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries," Journal of Economic History 54 (June 1994): 271-87.

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