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Normative practices, narrative fallacies? International reinsurance and its history (2020)
Journal Article
Pearson, R. (in press). Normative practices, narrative fallacies? International reinsurance and its history. Business history, https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1808885

Reinsurance is often characterised as a business built on personal relationships, goodwill and mutual trust. However, at different times in its history observers have warned that technological and other changes threaten the survival of normative prac... Read More about Normative practices, narrative fallacies? International reinsurance and its history.

Escaping from the State? Historical Paths to Public and Private Insurance (2020)
Journal Article
Pearson, R. (in press). Escaping from the State? Historical Paths to Public and Private Insurance. Enterprise & society, https://doi.org/10.1017/eso.2020.26

The history of insurance has been characterized in most countries by the coexistence of a wide range of organizational forms. The reasons for this plethora of vehicles remain unclear, as does the impact of this diversity on the development of insuran... Read More about Escaping from the State? Historical Paths to Public and Private Insurance.

Insuring the Transatlantic Slave Trade (2019)
Journal Article
Pearson, R., & Richardson, D. (2019). Insuring the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Journal of Economic History, 79(2), 417-446. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050719000068

One important, but overlooked, risk mitigation device that facilitated the growth of the slave trade in the eighteenth century was the increasing availability of insurance for ships and their human cargoes. In this paper we explore, for the first tim... Read More about Insuring the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Carter v Boehm: facts and context (2016)
Journal Article
Pearson, R. (2016). Carter v Boehm: facts and context. Insurance Law Journal -Sydney-, 27(2-3), 113-123

There is a curious irony in the lawsuit Carter v Boehm. The final decision of the Court of King’s Bench, delivered by Chief Justice Mansfield at Easter 1766, famously articulated the principle of uberrima fides (utmost good faith), which became the s... Read More about Carter v Boehm: facts and context.

Between Madam Bubble and Kitty Lorimer: Women investors in British and Irish stock companies (2009)
Book Chapter
Freeman, M., Pearson, R., & Taylor, J. (2009). Between Madam Bubble and Kitty Lorimer: Women investors in British and Irish stock companies. In J. Rutterford, A. Laurence, & J. Maltby (Eds.), Women and their money, 1700-1950: Essays on women and finance, 95 - 114. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

As the pilgrims came to rest on the Enchanted Ground, Mr Stand-fast, in Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (1684), told his friends of an encounter on the road. ‘As I was thus musing . . . there was one in very pleasant attire, but old, that presente... Read More about Between Madam Bubble and Kitty Lorimer: Women investors in British and Irish stock companies.

Social capital, institutional innovation and Atlantic trade before 1800 (2008)
Journal Article
Pearson, R., & Richardson, D. (2008). Social capital, institutional innovation and Atlantic trade before 1800. Business history, 50(6), (765-780). doi:10.1080/00076790802420336. ISSN 0007-6791

The growth of the Atlantic economy during the eighteenth century has been associated with developments in business networking to mitigate the hazards of communication in long-distance trade. Such social capital-based mechanisms reduced transaction co... Read More about Social capital, institutional innovation and Atlantic trade before 1800.

Regulatory regimes and multinational insurers before 1914 (2008)
Journal Article
Pearson, R., & Lönnborg, M. (2008). Regulatory regimes and multinational insurers before 1914. Business History Review, 82(1), 59-86. https://doi.org/10.1017/s000768050003751x

At the end of the twentieth century, the global diffusion of one important financial service, insurance, was encouraged by deregulation, but it also encountered difficulties where deregulation remained incomplete and where there were many nonregulato... Read More about Regulatory regimes and multinational insurers before 1914.