Palgrave Studies in Ancient Economies

Managing Information in the Roman Economy

Editors: López, Cristina Rosillo, Morcillo, Marta García (Eds.)

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  • Provides the first collective contribution addressing specifically the phenomenon of asymmetries of information in Classical Antiquity and specifically in the Roman World
  • Sets the studies of the Ancient Economy within the wider frame of Economic Theory, in particular New Institutional Economics, and aims thus to test the applicability of modern theories in Historical Research
  • Includes a diversified range of original and innovative research by renowned and international specialists in the area of Ancient Economies
  • Combines theoretical and empirical approaches
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This volume studies information as an economic resource in the Roman World. Information asymmetry is a distinguishing phenomenon of any human relationship. From an economic perspective, private or hidden information, opposed to publicly observable information, generates advantages and inequalities; at the same time, it is a source of profit, legal and illegal, and of transaction costs. The contributions that make up the present book aim to deepen our understanding of the economy of Ancient Rome by identifying and analysing formal and informal systems of knowledge and institutions that contributed to control, manage, restrict and enhance information. The chapters scrutinize the impact of information asymmetries on specific economic sectors, such as the labour market and the market of real estate, as well as the world of professional associations and trading networks. It further discusses structures and institutions that facilitated and regulated economic information in the public and the private spheres, such as market places, auctions, financial mechanisms and instruments, state treasures and archives. 

Managing Asymmetric Information in the Roman Economy invites the reader to evaluate economic activities within a larger collective mental, social, and political framework, and aims ultimately to test the applicability of tools and ideas from theoretical frameworks such as the Economics of Information to ancient and comparative historical research.


About the authors

Cristina Rosillo-López is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain. She specializes in Late Republican politics and Roman Economy. She has worked on corruption, public opinion, rhetoric, and the real estate market in ancient Rome.

Marta García Morcillo is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Roehampton, UK. She specializes in the Roman Economy and ancient socio-economic mentalities. Her published work revolves around notions of economic profit, and the study of Roman financial activities and trade, with special focus on sales and auctions.



Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing Information in the Roman Economy
Editors
  • Cristina Rosillo López
  • Marta García Morcillo
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Ancient Economies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54100-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54100-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54099-9
Series ISSN
2752-3292
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 339
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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