Department of Economics

Ioanna Sapfo Pepelasis
Associate Professor of Economic History

Welcome to
History of Greek Entrepreneurship and Corporate Sector Project
The aim of this project is to construct and analyze multiple data bases of historical statistics in the area of Greek business history.
The origins of the project date back to 2001. It was then that the idea was formed in my mind of collecting the founding charters of all joint stock companies established in Greece since independence (1830). Initially, the purpose was to study at an aggregate level entrepreneurship. However, over the years the main focus has shifted to the history of the corporate sector.
A new direction was added recently: the creation of balance sheet data bases from which we can gauge the performance of joint stock companies over time.
I would like to thank James Foreman Peck for it was during our collaboration (*) and many discussions between 1997 and 2000 that I came to appreciate historical statistics and the richness of company charters as a basis and tool for the understanding of business history and economic history at large.
With regard to the compilation of the multiple data bases I would like to thank all the students and researchers involved and my collaborators.
One last note: In parallel to research on the corporate sector, two historical micro data bases on Greek diaspora entrepreneurship in Venice have been constructed.

Ioanna Sapfo Pepelasis (**)

(*): James Foreman-Peck and Ioanna Sapfo Pepelasis (2013), 'Entrepreneurs and Businessmen in Greece during the Long Nineteenth Century'. In Gabriel Tortella and Gloria Quiroga eds ,Entrepreneurship and Growth : An International Historical Perspective, Palgrave.
& James Foreman-Peck and Ioanna Pepelasis Minoglou (2000), 'Entrepreneurship and Convergence: Greek Businessmen in the Nineteenth Century', Rivista di Storia Economica, XVI (3): 279-303.
(**): aka Ioanna Pepelasis Minoglou

Last update December 2013.
Still under construction.