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Land abundance and economic institutions: Egba land and slavery, 1830-1914.

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The “land abundance” view of African history uses sparse population to explain economic institutions. I use colonial court records to show that the Egba of Nigeria fit this theory’s predictions. Before 1914, the Egba had imprecisely defined land rights, relied on dependent and forced labour, and used labour to secure loans. These institutions responded to the changing availability of land, labour and capital. An initial period of land scarcity altered land ownership. A market existed for the ...

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10.1111/j.1468-0289.2011.00613.x

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Blackwell Publishing
Journal:
Economic History Review
Volume:
65
Issue:
2
Pages:
527 - 555
Publication date:
2012-05-01
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ISSN:
0013-0117
Language:
English
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uuid:c2f4785f-80c2-4d8f-ac74-83a8b04fe113
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oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:15158
Deposit date:
2011-08-16

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