Journal of Evolutionary Economics

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 297–309

Market institutions and economic evolution

  • Brian J. Loasby

DOI: 10.1007/s001910050016

Cite this article as:
Loasby, B. J Evol Econ (2000) 10: 297. doi:10.1007/s001910050016


Our cognitive limitations cause us to rely on institutions to guide reasonable behaviour; market institutions reduce the costs of search, negotiation, and monitoring entailed in making single transactions. The making of markets requires an investment of immaterial capital, the major share of which typically is provided by those who expect to be very active on one side of the market. This `external organisation' provides producers with information for the development of new products; by simplifying transactions it also allows consumers greater scope for developing consumption capabilities. Thus the evolution of institutions guides the evolution of goods and services.

Key words: Institutions – Markets – Producers – Consumers – Evolution
JEL-classification: D1, D2, L1, L2, O1

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian J. Loasby
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  1. 1.Department of Economics, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK (e-mail: UK