Recent literature has clearly charted the growth of pawn credit in nineteenth-century developing countries in Europe. Such expansion has frequently been associated with governments’ concerns to prevent malpractice and promote the establishment of public agencies that mirrored the Italian Monti di pietà. Precisely at the time modernizing European societies adopted the model of Italian public pawn banks, Monti were being dismissed as a relic of a bygone age in their home country. Assembling and comparing data from an 1896 national survey, we conclude that, contrary to traditional assumptions, Italian pawn banks were not obsolete or out of place in the European context of nineteenth-century pawn credit. However, ideology and hostile legislation did hamper the access to credit of those most in need, and the choice hardly assisted the modernizing spurt of Italian society.

The ‘untimely’ demise of a successful institution: the Italian Monti di pietà in the nineteenth century / Mauro Carboni; Massimo Fornasari. - In: FINANCIAL HISTORY REVIEW. - ISSN 0968-5650. - STAMPA. - 26:2(2019), pp. 147-170. [10.1017/S0968565019000088]

The ‘untimely’ demise of a successful institution: the Italian Monti di pietà in the nineteenth century

Mauro Carboni;Massimo Fornasari
2019

Abstract

Recent literature has clearly charted the growth of pawn credit in nineteenth-century developing countries in Europe. Such expansion has frequently been associated with governments’ concerns to prevent malpractice and promote the establishment of public agencies that mirrored the Italian Monti di pietà. Precisely at the time modernizing European societies adopted the model of Italian public pawn banks, Monti were being dismissed as a relic of a bygone age in their home country. Assembling and comparing data from an 1896 national survey, we conclude that, contrary to traditional assumptions, Italian pawn banks were not obsolete or out of place in the European context of nineteenth-century pawn credit. However, ideology and hostile legislation did hamper the access to credit of those most in need, and the choice hardly assisted the modernizing spurt of Italian society.
2019
The ‘untimely’ demise of a successful institution: the Italian Monti di pietà in the nineteenth century / Mauro Carboni; Massimo Fornasari. - In: FINANCIAL HISTORY REVIEW. - ISSN 0968-5650. - STAMPA. - 26:2(2019), pp. 147-170. [10.1017/S0968565019000088]
Mauro Carboni; Massimo Fornasari
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