The Old Poor Law and the Agricultural Labor Market in Southern England: An Empirical Analysis

  title={The Old Poor Law and the Agricultural Labor Market in Southern England: An Empirical Analysis},
  author={George R. Boyer},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={113 - 135}
  • G. Boyer
  • Published 1 March 1986
  • Economics, History
  • The Journal of Economic History
The paper examines the economic role played by poor relief in early nineteenth-century England. A three-equation model is estimated to explain cross-parish variations in per capita relief expenditures, agricultural laborers' annual wage income, and unemployment rates. Relief expenditures are found to be related to crop mix, the political power of labor-hiring farmers, distance from London, and employment opportunities in cottage industry. The results strongly support the revisionist analysis of… 

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