Cliometrics and Antebellum Banking

  • Hugh RockoffEmail author
Living reference work entry


The three decades before the Civil War in the United States provides a remarkably rich source of informative experiences for the student of banking and finance. The Second Bank of the United States was wound up after the famous “Bank War.” Inflows of gold and silver and banking panics disrupted the financial system. And the states followed a wide array of models when they chartered and regulated banks including the famous free banking laws. This paper describes the evolution of scholarly thinking about this era and the many contributions made by cliometricians.


Antebellum banking Second bank of the United States Bank war Free banking Gold rush Andrew Jackson Panic of 1837 Panic of 1857 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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