Suffrage, Labour Markets and Coalitions in Colonial Virginia

@article{Nikolova2017SuffrageLM,
  title={Suffrage, Labour Markets and Coalitions in Colonial Virginia},
  author={Elena Nikolova and Milena Nikolova},
  journal={European Economics: Labor \& Social Conditions eJournal},
  year={2017}
}
We study Virginia's suffrage from the early-17th century until the American Revolution using an analytical narrative and econometric analysis of unique data on franchise restrictions. First, we hold that suffrage changes reflected labour market dynamics. Indeed, Virginia's liberal institutions initially served to attract indentured servants from England who were needed in the labour-intensive tobacco farming but deteriorated once worker demand subsided and planters replaced white workers with… Expand
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