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Productivity Growth without Technical Change in European Agriculture before 1850

Gregory Clark
The Journal of Economic History
Vol. 47, No. 2, The Tasks of Economic History (Jun., 1987), pp. 419-432
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2122239
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Productivity Growth without Technical Change in European Agriculture before 1850
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Abstract

Output per farm worker in the northern United States and Britain in the early nineteenth century was many times that in Eastern Europe or in medieval England and wages were correspondingly higher. Technical progress explains little of the high American and British productivity in the early nineteenth century, nor, in the American case, does abundant land per worker. Instead, most of the difference derived from more intense labor in America and Britain.

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