-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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Similarly,in his studyof the bazaar in Sefrou,Geertz makes the bazaar an exotic and bizarrephenomenon alnost by definition.

The Bazaar Economy: Information and Search in Peasant Marketing

In thebazaarthissystem ofmeasurement and controlis highlyimperfect and the pricemechanism cannottherefore function efficiently.

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In fact,of coursemanyof theseare not reallyinformative of businessspecialisation at all, becausemostpeoplearenotliterate in English. Thisimposescrippling structural limitations on theexpansionofbusinesses, and leadsto all thestereotypical features associated withbazaars,suchas limitedscaleofoperation, proliferationoftraders, the unityofhouseholdand business, and thespatialaggregation ofbusinesses dealingin thesamekindsofcommodities.

This typeof organisational environment greatly reducestheoperational scopeof middlemen, brokersandallkindsofintermediary traders who arecharacteristic ofthe bazaar. Differences in quality andquantity aretherefore linkedtopricevariations. FANSELOW ofcommodities inthebazaar,andtheconsequent uncertainty abouttheirprecisevalue, personalloyalty ofemployees to thebazaartrader is ofcrucialsignificance.


In thisarticleI shall seek to show thatthereare fundamentaleconomic and organisationaldiscon- tinuitiesbetween these types of business,which make them organisationallyand functionally incompatible.

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Cet articlemontreque le ‘bazar’ de categoriefolkloriquedissimulela distinction analytique entredeux typesde marche: Sincehissonswereawayhe relied exclusively on employees. The business ofhigglering inJamaica. Moneymarket Similarconditionsof uncertainty prevailin the marketforbusinesscapital. Such shopshave no secretgodowns aroundthe cornerin whichgoods are concealedfromsalestax and pricecontrol officers.

Tax ; Katzinmore recentethnographies of thebazaar emphasiseitsdifferences frommoderncapitalistmarketsand concentrate on itsbizarreand sometimesapparentlyirrationalcharacteristics. Since thereis no separationbetween wholesalingand retailingin the bazaar, the majorityoftransactions are not betweenretailersand consumers,but betweenmiddle- men. The easiestwayto conveythemessagethata shopoffers a widerangeofgoods is to displaythem. The abilityof buyersto identify the provenance ofa goodleadsthemto expectgreater uniformity ofqualityandtherefore to exercisechoicebetweenproducts ofdifferent teertz.

FANSELOW Quality standardisation In thebazaarthereareno verifiable andreliablestandards ofquality, andthemanipu- lationof qualityby mixinginferior with superior products or through outright adulteration with alien substances is believed to be endemic. Consequently thereisno channeloffeedback betweenproducer and consumer decisionsindependent ofthechainofintermediary traders.

While pricesare relativelycertainand comparable,the qualityand quantityofgoods are relativelyuncertainand difficult to compare. In the bazaar information is poor, scarce, maldistributed, inefficiently communicated, and intensely valued.

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Structural limitationsin business organisation andincreasingrisksofcreditsaleslethimseekhigher profitsbyincreasing theprofit margin ofeachtransaction ratherthanbyincreasing thenumberoftransac- tions. Externallya businessis orientedto be encompassing ratherthancompetitive, and internally it tendstowardsfragmentation as employees turnintoentrepreneurs, whoruntheirownbusiness withintheiremployer’s business.


Qualityvariation betweenbrandedproducts is attributed to producers’ technicalsophistication,andpricedispersion betweensellers is attributed to differencesin traders’ commercial competence rather thanattempts to cheat.

Skip to main content. The bazaar economy or how bizarre is the bazaar really? Mines, and Bazaae C. Apartfromthe businesses,namelythe fourbanks,trading in the most standardisedof all commodities moneysuch a separationbetween managementand ownershipis found only in the case of a medicine shop, the nazaar outletof the Tamil Nadu Handloom Co-operative Societyand thelocal cinema.

But in themajority of businessesof this in type Kalakkadu, skillandpreviousexperience, ratherthanformal are soughtby employers. In all thistheystandin markedcontrastto bazaar shops. In the bazaar price competitionbetween sellersis highly imperfect, because buyersare unable to evaluatesystematically qualityand quantityin relationto price.

Justas the for trader’sown opportunities deceptivemanipulation of qualityand quantity are curtailed,so veertz the opportunitiesof his enterprising employeesto do the same.