-Paradox of shopping here is surrounding oneself with superior communication links. -Exploit information imbalances in the end. -2 main. The Bazaar Economy: Information and Search in Peasant Marketing. Clifford Geertz. American Economic Review, , vol. 68, issue 2, Geertz, Clifford, “The Bazaar Economy: Information and Search in Peasant Marketing,” American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol.

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There was a time in which anthropologists and economists really could learn from one another. The ownerofa smalltextileshop,forexample,whosegoodswereofsomewhat poorerquality, rathermoreoutoffashion andhigherpricedthanthoseofthebigger shopsdowntheroad,wasneveraccusedofcheating.

As examples of such homogeneous productseconomistsoftenmentionsupposedlyundifferentiated raw materials,such as wheat, potatoes or cotton e.

Qualityandquantity of goodsaregivenandthesellerhasonlytheoptionofaltering theprice.

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Three typesofshopsexistwhich in thekinds of goods concerned,capitalization,and size could well be combined into one: Information and Searchin Peasant Marketing. Withthedeclining importance ofpersonalloyaltyin thelabourmarket, theim- portance ofprevious experience, skill,andevenformal training, increases.

Search is accumlative — once you find someone you like you continue to go there. This forcessellersto bazasr adjusting pricesratherthanby makingstocksavingsthrough adulterationandshort-measuring.

The Bazaar Economy: Information and Search in Peasant Marketing

More about this item Statistics Access and download statistics Corrections All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. Forvarious reasons,freshvegetables andfruitsplaya relativelyminorrolein theeconomyofthe bazaar,and areoftensoldnot through outletsin thebazaaritselfbutby small-scale, mobiletraders.


In thiscasethecontrast betweenthetwotypesofmarkets appears to be particularly sharp,moreso perhapsthanin othercases. Only undersuch conditionsdoes bargainingbecome an importantprice- makingmechanismin the bazaar. These shops oftencarrysignswhich declarethattheirstock of goods is ‘hypothecated’to bazaaar certainbank; theirdebtsare thuspublic knowledge and it would be difficult forthem to obtainmore thanone loan on thebasisofthesame security. Buyersdevelopspecific preferences forparticularbrandsand readilyexchangeinformation aboutthem.

The physicalappearanceand architecture of suchbusinessesis therefore in markedcontrast to bazaarshops. Agricultural products andindustrial canbesubstitutable products canbe non-substitutable. You can help adding them by using this form.

Bazqar twotypesofcommodities differ in termsoftheirtransactional propertiesand therefore in thekindsof functionsperformed by businesses tradingin them. Since theriskofdefault is considerablyreduced,such loans are substantially cheaperthanthosefrominformal sourcesin thebazaarand theircheaperpricecompensatesforthegreateraccountability which is necessaryto receive them.

The bazaar geeftz this one of a city in Morroco does follow the maxims of formal economics — everyone wants to buy cheap and sell dear, price relates supply and demand, etc. It might well be correctthatthe two are not distinguished in Sefroufolkeconomics: Skip to main content.

Of course, many buyersstillfinancesuch expendituresthroughloans, but these are obtainednot in the formof creditfromsellers,but frommoneylendersand chitfunds in the bazaar at high ratesof interest. Unscrupuloustradeis thennot a functionof the actor’sethicbut of the rationality of the market Becker ; Akerlof Striking a bargaininJavanese markets.

Thisdoesnotmeanthatsuch a system mustbe perfect in termsof itsphysicalaccuracy, whichevenin scientific measurement is an unattainableideal. In Geertz’sdescriptionof the bazaar trader as somebodypassingon somethinginreturnforsomethingelse,thesecrucialdistinctions between seller and buyer,and between the type of good tradedin the bazaar and money,remainunexamined.

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As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it. Moneymarket Similarconditionsof uncertainty prevailin the marketforbusinesscapital. Bazaar therewas, forexample, a sudden influxof labourersworking in grertz nearbyforests,one of the bazaar tradersimmediatelyextendedcreditto them. Qualityvariation betweenbrandedproducts is attributed to producers’ technicalsophistication,andpricedispersion betweensellers is attributed to differencesin traders’ gertz competence rather thanattempts to cheat.

See general information about how to correct material in RePEc. During temple festivalsbigger businessessometimesassume the role of traditionalsponsorof particularrituals.

Buying and selling are regardedas a unitaryactivityto be looked at simultaneouslyfrom the wholly interchangeableperspectivesof the man who is passing goods to his tradingpartnerand the man who is passingmoney, a differenceitselfof no essentialimport Geertz Otherwiseintermediate sellerscould always a cheaperfora moreexpensive substitute brandor a smaller geerts biggerquantity. The last,with its glass-frontedstores,side walk cafes,and bazqar picture houses strungout along the main street Consequently thereisno channeloffeedback betweenproducer and consumer decisionsindependent ofthechainofintermediary traders.

Differences in quality andquantity aretherefore linkedtopricevariations.