A Malthusian Episode Revisited: The Height of British and Irish Servants in Colonial America
AbstractExamines the height of runaway indentured and convict servants in Colonial America. Finds that heights decreased substantially at the middle of the 18th century in keeping with many other findings. The inference is that an incipient Malthusian crisis was threatening the United Kingdom, as it did Continental Europe on the eve of the Industrial Revolution.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of Munich in its series Articles by John Komlos with number 18.
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Publication status: published in Economic History Review, 1993, 46, 768-782
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height; Industrial Revolution; Malthusian trap; Colonial America; 18th century;
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