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Stuart Macdonald

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241477.001.0001

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Hidden Information Flow: Innovation in Eighteenth-Century Agriculture

Hidden Information Flow: Innovation in Eighteenth-Century Agriculture

(p.208) 10 Hidden Information Flow: Innovation in Eighteenth-Century Agriculture
Information for Innovation

Stuart Macdonald

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the improvements in agriculture, within an information perspective, in the United Kingdom. Landlords may have more information than farmers, and share this information with them; however, this does not necessarily mean that the landlords' information is used. Landlords' supply of information is often limited to what they pick up from other landlords, for only a few of them attended agricultural classes. Since the farmer does all the work, there is much more chance that the farmer innovates, changing and modernizing the way he does farming. If landlords were limited in the contribution they could make to agricultural innovation, there were other sources of information for the farmer, and other means by which information might be transferred. Farmers also wished to try for themselves ways of using resources more efficiently than existing methods, which in practice meant whatever was likely to make more money.

Keywords:   Agriculture, landlords, farmers, innovation, agricultural techniques

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