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Capitalising on the Irish Land Question:Land Reform and State Banking in Ireland, 1891-1938

Nathan Foley-Fisher () and Eoin McLaughlin ()

No 2015-03, Discussion Papers in Environment and Development Economics from University of St. Andrews, School of Geography and Sustainable Development

Abstract: Land reform and its financial arrangements are central elements of modern Irish history. Yet to date, the financial mechanisms underpinning Irish land reform have been overlooked. The paper outlines the mechanisms of land reform in Ireland and the importance of land bonds to the process. The paper introduces a new database on Irish land bonds listed on the Dublin Stock Exchange from 1891 to 1938. It illustrates the nature of these b onds and presents data on their size, liquidity and market returns. The paper finds a high level of state banking in Ireland: large issues of land bonds were held by state owned savings banks.

Keywords: Irish financial history; land reform; land bonds; Dublin Stock Exchange. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N24 N53 N54 G15 Q15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-01
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