Manumission in Nineteenth Century Virginia

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Howard Bodenhorn;
  • Journal: Cliometrica, Journal of Historical Economics and Econometric History,volume 5,issue 2 June,pages145-164
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1007/s11698-010-0056-x
  • Subject: Slavery, Principal-agent problem, Mixed-race slaves
    • jel: jel:N3

A long-standing debate concerns the rationality of slave owners and this paper addresses that debate within the context of manumission. Using a new sample of 19th-century Virginia manumissions, I show that manumission was associated with the productive characteristics o... View more
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