A monthly stock exchange index for Ireland, 1864-1930

Richard S. Grossman, Ronan C. Lyons, Kevin Hjortshoj O'Rourke, Madalina A. Ursu

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This paper constructs new monthly Irish stock market price indices for 1864-1930. In addition to a total market index covering 118 equity securities issued by ninety-four companies, sectoral indices are presented for railways, financial services companies, and other companies. Nominal equity prices doubled between 1864 and 1898. Between the turn of the century and 1914, prices fell by 25 percent, in contrast to the price increases experienced on the London exchange. Overall, the average annual gain in equity prices over the period was just 0.9 percent. We speculate about the respective roles of Irish politics and international shocks in driving these trends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-276
Number of pages29
JournalEuropean Review of Economic History
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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