Government Debts and Credit Markets in Renaissance Italy

20 Pages Posted: 29 May 2007

Date Written: May 2007


At first sight a marked difference turns out among the Italian governments of early Renaissance: the means of financing their deficit. There are, on the one hand, communal cities and republics, raising money from citizens through the system of forced or voluntary loans; there are, on the other, princes and lords who exploit services of bankers and merchants. These two different systems of borrowing bring about significant financial and political aspects. In this paper I will examine the main features characterizing the two mechanisms of indebtedness and the implications concerning the emergence of a true financial market connected with state bonds.

Keywords: Public debts, Renaissance Italy, financial markets, financial institutions

JEL Classification: N2, N23

Suggested Citation

Pezzolo, Luciano, Government Debts and Credit Markets in Renaissance Italy (May 2007). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 05-07, Available at SSRN: or

Luciano Pezzolo (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice ( email )

Dorsoduro 3246
Venice, Veneto 30123

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