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Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci and Dennis P. Kehoe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198787204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198787204.001.0001

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Setting the Rules of the Game

Setting the Rules of the Game

The Market and Its Working in the Roman Empire

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Roman Law and Economics

Elio Lo Cascio

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the mainly juridical evidence (from the Digest and the late antique Codes, as well as Cassiodorus’ Variae) on the working of the market in the Roman Empire and the role played by the imperial authority in regulating it, in the light of the conceptualizations of the new institutional economics. This evidence seems to suggest undeniably not only that the economy of the Roman Empire, from its very beginning in the late Republic to late antiquity, was characterized by the free market, but also that maintaining competitive markets was the consistent and deliberate policy of the Roman authority throughout the whole of Roman history.

Keywords:   economic analysis of Roman law, economics of Roman law, Roman law, Roman history, Roman markets, new institutional economics, Roman economy, Roman economic policy

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