Dartmouth College, Dept. of Econ, Working Paper No. 01-02
62 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2001
Date Written: January 2001
In pre-industrial Europe, rising productivity both in agriculture and in industry depended on the expansion of trade, and the expansion of trade depended in turn on the reduction of trading costs. An important component of trading costs--for some goods the most important--was the cost of transportation. This had two elements: the cost of predation and the cost of carriage. This paper examines these two elements and how they changed over time. It also discusses the relative importance in lowering the cost of transportation of organizational change and technological progress.
JEL Classification: L91, N73, O30, O52, R40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Kohn, Meir, The Cost Of Transportation In Pre-Industrial Europe (January 2001). Dartmouth College, Dept. of Econ, Working Paper No. 01-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=256600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.256600