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Wealth inequalities in cities of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and their changes during the seventeenth century. Sources and methods of measure

Katarzyna Wagner
University of Warsaw, Poland - ORCID: 0000-0002-5454-6151


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I would like to determine the evolution of wealth concentration in main cities of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth by comparing the data from different benchmark years. Moreover, I will analyze whether the Gini coefficient value indeed refers to the communities who are at a threshold of economic growth, and what is the correlation between the value of the coefficient and the town or city’s economic situation. Also, it is worthwhile to ponder the question: is there any correlation – noted by both Jan Luiten van Zanden and Guido Alfani – whereby the larger the town/city, the more visible the inequalities. Finally, how do the towns/cities of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth compare to those in Western Europe.
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Keywords: economic inequality, economic history, Polish economic history, Poland, pre-industrial age

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Pages: 131-144

Published by: Firenze University Press

Publication year: 2020

DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-053-5.12

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Wagner, K.; 2020; Wealth inequalities in cities of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and their changes during the seventeenth century. Sources and methods of measure. Firenze, Firenze University Press.


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