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‘The Curse of the Caribbean’? Agency’s impact on the productivity of sugar estates on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 1814-1829

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This study estimates agency’s impact on sugar plantation productivity using a unique early 19th century panel data set from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Results of fixed effects models, combined with a qualitative and quantitative analysis of potential endogeneity of the agency variable, provide no evidence that estates managed by agents were less productive than those managed by their owners. We discuss the results in the context of the historical and recent, revisionary, int...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1017/S0022050718000220

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
History Faculty
Oxford college:
Brasenose College
Forster, M More by this author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Economic History Journal website
Volume:
78
Issue:
2
Pages:
472-499
Publication date:
2018-06-29
Acceptance date:
2017-12-02
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EISSN:
1471-6372
ISSN:
0022-0507
Pubs id:
pubs:799659
URN:
uri:43b980ba-5421-407a-af4b-3e162eb9b776
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uuid:43b980ba-5421-407a-af4b-3e162eb9b776
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pubs:799659

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