The birth of joint stock companies in Chile, 1849-1875

Authors

  • Manuel Llorca-Jaña Universidad de Santiago de Chile
  • Roberto Araya-Valenzuela Universidad de Chile

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v27i74.20260

Keywords:

joint stock companies, nineteenth century, Chile, shareholders, economic elites

Abstract

This article deals with the emergence of joint stock companies (JSC) in Chile during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. We have built the first database related to JSC for this period, providing useful information about its demography. We found that: JSC funded the emergence of new key industries fostering economic growth; there was a high level of concentration in JSC ownership; most shareholders were Chilean, which means that the main investment projects in mining, banking and transport were funded with national capital; Chilean businessmen were active in mobilizing capital funds and adopting new technologies.  The entrepreneurial spirit shown by local businessmen, be they miners, bankers, agriculturalists or traders is undeniably present, in a transitional phase to capitalism

Author Biographies

Manuel Llorca-Jaña, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Jefe de Carrera, Economía

Profesor Titular

Roberto Araya-Valenzuela, Universidad de Chile

Investigador Asociado, CIHEAP, FAE, Usach

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Published

2018-11-13

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