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Savings banks as an institutional import: the case of nineteenth-century Ireland

Savings banks as an institutional import: the case of nineteenth-century Ireland The article examines the early history of provident institutions or trustee savings banks in Ireland. Combining aggregate data and an archive-based study of one savings bank, it describes the growth and performance of this ‘institutional import’. By and large, Irish savings banks catered for the lower-middle and middle classes, not the poor as intended by the founders of the movement. The article also explains how the collapse of three savings banks in 1848 dealt savings banks in Ireland as a whole a blow from which they never really recovered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Financial History Review Cambridge University Press

Savings banks as an institutional import: the case of nineteenth-century Ireland

Financial History Review , Volume 10 (1): 25 – Aug 29, 2003

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Publisher
Cambridge University Press
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© 2003 Cambridge University Press
ISSN
1474-0052
eISSN
0968-5650
DOI
10.1017/S0968565003000027
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Abstract

The article examines the early history of provident institutions or trustee savings banks in Ireland. Combining aggregate data and an archive-based study of one savings bank, it describes the growth and performance of this ‘institutional import’. By and large, Irish savings banks catered for the lower-middle and middle classes, not the poor as intended by the founders of the movement. The article also explains how the collapse of three savings banks in 1848 dealt savings banks in Ireland as a whole a blow from which they never really recovered.

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Financial History ReviewCambridge University Press

Published: Aug 29, 2003

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