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Making a Market

Making a Market
The Institutional Transformation of an African Society


Part of Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

  • Date Published: January 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574266

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  • Economists have devoted considerable effort to explaining how a market economy functions, but they have given a good deal less attention to explaining how a market economy is formed. In Making a Market, Jean Ensminger analyses the process by which the market was introduced into the economy of a group of Kenyan pastoralists. Professor Ensminger employs new institutional economic analysis to assess the impact of new market institutions on production and distribution, with particular emphasis on the effect of institutions on decreasing transaction costs over time. This 1993 study traces the effects of increasing commercialisation on the economic well-being of individual households, rich and poor alike, over considerable time and analyses the process by which institutions themselves are transformed as a market economy develops.

    • Employs new institutional economic analysis
    • Provides an introduction to the theory for a non-specialised audience
    • Of interest to economists and anthropologists
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574266
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A proper marriage: new institutional economic anthropology
    2. Transaction costs: the history of trade among the Orma
    3. Distribution of the gains from trade
    4. Agency theory: patron-client relations as a form of labor contracting
    5. Property rights: dismantling the commons
    6. Collective action: from community to state
    7. Conclusion: ideology and the economy.

  • Author

    Jean Ensminger, Washington University, St Louis

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