September 2013

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Words, numbers and rationality: The effect of accounting systems and language on economic and business decision-making

November 8, 2013

A one-day workshop sponsored by the International Research Network ‘Structural Determinants of Economic Performance in the Roman World’ []


The Economic History Society []



Mick Stringer (U. of Reading): Sales, Costs and … Confusion? : Linguistic and accounting constraints on decision-making in Roman agriculture.

Alisdair Dobie (U. of Stirling): Medieval Man, Accounting and Economic Rationalism

Richard Macve (London School of Economics): A genealogy of myths about the rationality of accounting in the West and in the East

Oscar Gelderblom (Utrecht U.): The public support of private accounting as the key to understanding the commercial expansion of Europe before the Industrial Revolution

Gregory Waymire (Emory U.): The Impact of Hard Information on Self-Dealing, Soft Communication, and Social Gains in an Investment-Trust Game.

Sudipta Basu (Temple U.): Knowledge, mental memory and accounting transaction records. 

Final Round Table Discussion led by Mark Casson, Koen Verboven, Annlisa Marzano and Daniel Mullins


There is no fee to attend this event, but places are limited; you are kindly requested to register by emailing Mr Mick Stringer (