"Silent trade" and the supposed continuum between OIE and NIE

Wilfred Dolfsma*, Antoon Spithoven

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New Institutional Economics (NIE) claims that Silent Trade exists. Indeed, it would constitute the first step 'as trade moves beyond the border of the village' (North). In this brief article we show both that Silent Trade - trade between parties who have only the most minimal of a shared frame of reference, without direct contact - has not existed and that NIE cannot account for the representational re-description and change in governance structure that it would entail. At least on the issue of language and learning, NIE is categorically different from Original Institutional Economics (OIE).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-526
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Economic Issues
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Economic methodology
  • Gift exchange
  • Institutional economics
  • Language
  • Silent trade

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