A Quantitative Approach to the Study of the Effects of British Imperial Policy upon Colonial Welfare: Some Preliminary Findings

  title={A Quantitative Approach to the Study of the Effects of British Imperial Policy upon Colonial Welfare: Some Preliminary Findings},
  author={Robert Paul Thomas},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={615 - 638}
  • R. Thomas
  • Published 1 December 1965
  • History
  • The Journal of Economic History
Historians have long debated whether the American colonies on balance benefited or were hindered by British imperial regulation. George Bancroft thought the regulations worked a definite hardship on the colonies. George L. Beer believed these regulations nicely balanced and that the colonies shared in the general advantages. Lawrence Harper, in a now classic article, actually attempted to calculate the cost and found that British policies “placed a heavy burden upon the colonies.” Oliver… 

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  • G. C. Bjork
  • Economics
    The Journal of Economic History
  • 1964
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