Essays in Economic & Business History

Currently in its 37th year of publication, Essays in Economic & Business History now operates as an on-line open access journal with a print issue to coincide with the Society’s annual conference. Articles for the journal are selected by double blind review process. EEBH provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. In this same spirit, accepted articles awaiting the next print issue are made available on-line as soon as the editorial process is completed.

EEBH is listed by Cabell’s International directory, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the AEA’s EconLit, EBSCO’s Historical Abstracts, and entered the UK’s Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Academic Journal Guide as a ‘2’ in 2018 and the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List 2019 as a 'B'.

Editorial Board

Gerben Bakker, London School of Economics, UK

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Bangor University, UK

Dan Bogart, University of California, Irvine, USA

Stephen Broadberry, University of Oxford, UK

Ann Carlos, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA

Youssef Cassis, European University Institute, Italy

John A. Dove, Troy University, USA

Jeffrey Fear, University of Glasgow, UK

Price Fishback, University of Arizona, USA

Robert K. Fleck, Clemson University, USA

Juan Flores, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Vincent Geloso, Texas Tech University, USA

Sheryllynne Haggerty, University of Nottingham, UK

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, American University, USA

Leslie Hannah, London School of Economics, UK

Douglas Irwin, Dartmouth College, USA

Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University, USA

Manuel Llorca-Jaña, University of Chile, Chile & Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University, USA

Aldo Musacchio, Brandeis International Business School, USA

Jari Ojala, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Jared Rubin, Chapman University, USA

Peter Scott, University of Reading, UK

Raymond Stokes, University of Glasgow, UK

Melissa Thomasson, Miami University, USA

Janice Traflet, Bucknell University, USA

Grietjie Verhoef, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Mark Wilson, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA


Mark Billings, University of Exeter, UK

Daniel Giedeman, Grand Valley State University, USA

Associate Editors

Jari Eloranta, University of Helsinki, Finland

Erik Lakomaa, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

Mitchell J. Larson, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Simon Mollan, The University of York, UK

Eline Poelmans, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium

Book Review Editor

Nicola Tynan, Dickinson College, USA

Production Editor

Soudeh Mirghasemi, Hofstra University, USA


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Vol 37 (2019): Essays in Economic & Business History

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Title Page and Table of Contents PDF


Avoiding “Musty Mutton Chops”: The Network Narrative of an American Merchant in London, 1771-1774 PDF
John Haggerty, Sheryllynne Haggerty 1-42
Was the African American Great Migration Delayed by Outlawing Emigrant Agents? PDF
Khayen Prentice, László Kónya, David Prentice 43-75
Microprocesses of Deregulation: The Swedish Experience of The Decentralisation of Education PDF
Erik Lakomaa, Richard Wahlund 76-105
The Long-Run Effect of Geographically-Staggered Legalizations: Was There a First-Adopter Advantage for States That Legalized Beer More Quickly in 1933? PDF
Eline Poelmans, Samuel Raisanen, Jason E. Taylor 106-119
Dynamics of Innovation in the Electronic Watch Industry: A Comparative Business History of Longines (Switzerland) and Seiko (Japan), 1960-1980 PDF
Pierre-Yves Donzé 120-145
Statistics: Spur to Productivity or Publicity Stunt? London Underground Railways 1913-32 PDF
James Fowler 146-179
George Scrope, Free Bankers, and The Bank Charter Act of 1833 PDF
Paul E. Orzechowski 180-205
The Language of the Emerging Financial Market and Early Eighteenth-Century English Plays PDF
Laura Favero Carraro 206-241

Book Reviews

Gordon, Robert J. The Rise and Fall of American Growth: the US Standard of Living since the Civil War. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016. PDF
Leslie Hannah, David Mitch 242-249
Taylor, Jason E. Deconstructing the Monolith: The Microeconomics of the National Industrial Recovery Act. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. PDF
Louis Galambos 249-251
Bátiz-Lazo, Bernardo. Cash and Dash: How ATMs and Computers Changed Banking. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. PDF
Mark Crowley 252-254
Goodman, Lizzy. Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001-2011. New York: Harper Collins, 2017. PDF
Clayton Trutor 255-257
Giffard, Hermione. Making Jet Engines in World War II: Britain, Germany, and the United States. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016. PDF
Erik Benson 257-260

Editor's Notes

Editors’ and President’s Report PDF
Mark Billings, Jari Eloranta, Olli Turunen 261-262

ISSN: 0896-226X