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Slaves Prices from Succession and Bankruptcy Sales in Mauritius, 1825-1827

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  • Chenny, Shirley
  • St-Amour, Pascal
  • Vencatachellum, Désiré

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We construct a unique data set from succession and bankruptcy sales in Mauritius to investigate the determinants of slave prices between 1825 and 1827. We find that males, females sold with children, skilled slaves and slaves sold during the peak sugar cane harvest season all fetched higher prices. In comparison, handicapped and non-native slaves were sold at a discount. Moreover, the young-children premium increased over the period. This may indicate that slave owners did not think that slavery would be abolished in the near future or thought that they would be compensated in such an event.

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Paper provided by CIRPEE in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 0309.

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Keywords: Slavery; Slave Price; Mauritius;

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  1. Branko Milanovic, 2005. "An Estimate Of Average Income And Inequality In Byzantium Around Year 1000," Economic History, EconWPA 0501003, EconWPA.
  2. Charles W. Calomiris & Jonathan Pritchett, 2013. "Betting on Secession: Quantifying Political Events Surrounding Slavery and the Civil War," NBER Working Papers 19625, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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