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Manorial Efficiency in Domesday England


  • John McDonald


Domesday Book reports the results of a survey of most English manors in 1086. The survey was based on responses to questionnaires, which were then publicly verified in local courts, and contains information on manorial net incomes and resources. In the paper, mathematical programming frontier methods are used to investigate the production efficiency of Essex lay estates, discover which estates were efficient, which tenants-in-chief held efficient estates, and the factors associated with efficiency. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

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  • John McDonald, 1997. "Manorial Efficiency in Domesday England," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 199-213, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:8:y:1997:i:2:p:199-213
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1007763826776

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    1. McDonald, John & Snooks, G. D., 1985. "The Determinants of Manorial Income in Domesday England: Evidence from Essex," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 45(03), pages 541-556, September.
    2. Grosskopf, S, 1986. "The Role of the Reference Technology in Measuring Productive Efficiency," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 96(382), pages 499-513, June.
    3. JOHN McDONALD & G. D. SNOOKS, 1985. "Were the Tax Assessments of Domesday England Artificial? The Case of Essex," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 38(3), pages 352-372, August.
    4. McDonald, John & Snooks, G. D., 1986. "Domesday Economy: A New Approach to Anglo-Norman History," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198285243.
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    2. McDonald, John, 2009. "Using least squares and tobit in second stage DEA efficiency analyses," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 197(2), pages 792-798, September.

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