The Economic History Podcast

The Corporation through Time: Theory, Mergers and the issues of Bigness

June 16, 2021 Seán Kenny Episode 24
The Economic History Podcast
The Corporation through Time: Theory, Mergers and the issues of Bigness
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The Economic History Podcast
The Corporation through Time: Theory, Mergers and the issues of Bigness
Jun 16, 2021 Episode 24
Seán Kenny

This week, we hear from Prof. Naomi Lamoreaux on her work on the evolution of the corporation through time. We start with trying to define what a firm is, cover the motivations behind and the consequences of mergers. We look to a past example of a giant corporation and put it in the context of the present. Is "bigness" of some firms a problem and if so, how might we attempt to deal with it?

Show Notes

This week, we hear from Prof. Naomi Lamoreaux on her work on the evolution of the corporation through time. We start with trying to define what a firm is, cover the motivations behind and the consequences of mergers. We look to a past example of a giant corporation and put it in the context of the present. Is "bigness" of some firms a problem and if so, how might we attempt to deal with it?