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The Vagrancy of Economic Invisibility

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The promises of the vulgate of the invisible hand have failed Main Street. In this presentation, I will return to some of my recently published work to think more broadly about the benefits and the fears elicited by the paper economy in pre-Adam Smith Europe, when new and newly accessible credit instruments rendered financial transactions materially invisible and inscrutable to most.

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