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Enclosure and the YeomanThe Agricultural Development of the South Midlands 1450-1850$
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Robert C. Allen

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198282969

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198282969.001.0001

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Labour Shedding and the Growth in Productivity

Labour Shedding and the Growth in Productivity

(p.211) 11 Labour Shedding and the Growth in Productivity
Enclosure and the Yeoman

Robert C. Allen

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the advantages of large farms, primarily labour productivity. It has been previously believed that large farms had no advantage over small using corn yields as the measure of performance. However, the results of the discussion in this chapter help explain that the most distinctive characteristic of agricultural productivity growth in early modern England was the rapid and exceptional increase in output per worker.

Keywords:   advantages, large farms, labour productivity, corn yields, measure of performance, agricultural productivity, early modern England, output per worker

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