Savings banks as an institutional import : the case of nineteenth-century Ireland

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Title: Savings banks as an institutional import : the case of nineteenth-century Ireland
Authors: Ó Gráda, Cormac
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/437
Date: Apr-2003
Abstract: The article examines the early history of provident institutions or trustee savings banks in Ireland. Combining aggregate data and an archive-based study of one savings bank, it describes the growth and performance of this ‘institutional import’. By and large, Irish savings banks catered for the lower-middle and middle classes, not the poor as intended by the founders of the movement. The article also explains how the collapse of three savings banks in 1848 dealt savings banks in Ireland as a whole a blow from which they never really recovered.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright (published version): Copyright 2003 Cambridge University Press
Subject LCSH: Banks and banking--Ireland--History
Savings banks--Ireland--History
DOI: 10.1017/S0968565003000027
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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