Beggar Thy Neighbor

Beggar Thy Neighbor
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
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Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780812207507
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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The practice of charging interest on loans has been controversial since it was first mentioned in early recorded history. Lending is a powerful economic tool, vital to the development of society but it can also lead to disaster if left unregulated. Prohibitions against excessive interest, or usury, have been found in almost all societies since antiquity. Whether loans were made in kind or in cash, creditors often were accused of beggar-thy-neighbor exploitation when their lending terms put borrowers at risk of ruin. While the concept of usury reflects transcendent notions of fairness, its definition has varied over time and place: Roman law distinguished between simple and compound interest, the medieval church banned interest altogether, and even Adam Smith favored a ceiling on interest. But in spite of these limits, the advantages and temptations of lending prompted financial innovations from margin investing and adjustable-rate mortgages to credit cards and microlending. In Beggar Thy Neighbor, financial historian Charles R. Geisst tracks the changing perceptions of usury and debt from the time of Cicero to the most recent financial crises. This comprehensive economic history looks at humanity's attempts to curb the abuse of debt while reaping the benefits of credit. Beggar Thy Neighbor examines the major debt revolutions of the past, demonstrating that extensive leverage and debt were behind most financial market crashes from the Renaissance to the present day. Geisst argues that usury prohibitions, as part of the natural law tradition in Western and Islamic societies, continue to play a key role in banking regulation despite modern advances in finance. From the Roman Empire to the recent Dodd-Frank financial reforms, usury ceilings still occupy a central place in notions of free markets and economic justice.

Beggar Thy Neighbor
  • Author : Charles R. Geisst
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2013-04-15

The practice of charging interest on loans has been controversial since it was first mentioned in early recorded history. Lending is a powerful economic tool, vital to the development of society but it can also lead to disaster if left unregulated. Prohibitions against excessive interest, or usury, have been found

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Beggar Your Neighbours
  • Author : Joseph Hanlon,Catholic Institute For International Relations Staff
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 1986

..". comprehensive in its coverage, exacting in its standards of description and interpretation, and almost faultless in its use of source material and existing literature... " -- Anti-Apartheid News ..". an excellent compendium of information on the military and economic power that South Africa applies in dealing with its neighbors." -- Foreign Service

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Beggar My Neighbor
  • Author : Emily Gerard,Dorothea Gerard
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1882

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Beggar Your Neighbours
  • Author : Joseph Hanlon
  • Publisher : James Currey Publishers
  • Release Date : 1986-01-01

Bilag 1: The Cost of Destabilization; bilag 2: the Effect on Neighbouring States of Sanctions Against South Africa; Statistical Annex:

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Trade Wars Are Class Wars
  • Author : Matthew C. Klein,Michael Pettis
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-05-19

"This is a very important book."--Martin Wolf, Financial TimesA provocative look at how today's trade conflicts are caused by governments promoting the interests of elites at the expense of workers Longlisted for the 2020 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award "Worth reading for [the authors'] insights into

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Spillover Effects of Exchange Rates
  • Author : Aaditya Mattoo,Ms.Prachi Mishra,Mr.Arvind Subramanian
  • Publisher : International Monetary Fund
  • Release Date : 2012-03-01

This paper estimates the impact of China's exchange rate changes on exports of competitor countries in third markets, which we call the "spillover effect". We use recent theory to develop an identification strategy in which competition between China and its developing country competitors in specific products and destinations plays a

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Beggar My Neighbour  Short Stories
  • Author : Dan Jacobson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1963

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Assessing Technology and Innovation Policies
  • Author : Cristiano Antonelli,Albert N. Link
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-05-21

This volume brings together eminent international scholars to discuss and analyze regional and national technology and innovation policies from an economic assessment or economic impacts perspective. The analysis covers policies relevant to countries in Europe and Asia, and the United States. Not only might this volume initiate further study of

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The Factory Free Economy
  • Author : Lionel Fontagné,Ann Harrison
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-03-16

The shift towards a “factory-free” economy has drawn the attention of policy makers in North America and Europe. Some politicians have articulated alarming views, initiating mercantilist or ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ cost-competitiveness policies. Yet companies that concentrate research and design innovations at home but no longer have any factories there may be the

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The Global Impact of the Great Depression 1929 1939
  • Author : Dietmar Rothermund
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2002-11-01

This study broadens the conventional focus of the Great Depression to include its impact on the countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. It covers the economic background and causes, from the international gold standard to agricultural over-production in the US. Other areas discussed include: the impact on the peasantry

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Two Lectures on the Checks to Population
  • Author : William Forster Lloyd
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1833

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Beggar Thy Neighbor
  • Author : Charles R. Geisst
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2013-03-15

The practice of charging interest on loans has been controversial since it was first mentioned in early recorded history. Lending is a powerful economic tool, vital to the development of society but it can also lead to disaster if left unregulated. Prohibitions against excessive interest, or usury, have been found

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Do Bicycles Equal Development in Mozambique
  • Author : Joseph Hanlon,Teresa Smart
  • Publisher : Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • Release Date : 2010

Challenges some key assumptions of both the donors and the government about how development can be achieved in Mozambique.

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Beggar My Neighbour
  • Author : Lionel Fielden
  • Publisher : Franklin Classics Trade Press
  • Release Date : 2018-11-10

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and

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Kith  Kin  and Neighbors
  • Author : David Frick
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-05-10

In the mid-seventeenth century, Wilno (Vilnius), the second capital of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, was home to Poles, Lithuanians, Germans, Ruthenians, Jews, and Tatars, who worshiped in Catholic, Uniate, Orthodox, Calvinist, and Lutheran churches, one synagogue, and one mosque. Visitors regularly commented on the relatively peaceful coexistence of this bewildering array

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