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An Economic History of the English Poor Law, 1750-1850 - George R. Boyer

An Economic History of the English Poor Law, 1750-1850

Hardcover Published: 27th September 2006
ISBN: 9780521364799
Number Of Pages: 312

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During the last third of the eighteenth century, most parishes in rural southern England adopted policies providing poor relief outside workhouses to unemployed and underemployed able-bodied labourers. The debate over the economic effects of 'outdoor' relief payments to able-bodied workers has continued for over 200 years. This book examines the economic role of the Poor Law in the rural south of England. It presents a model of the agricultural labour market that provides explanations for the widespread adoption of outdoor relief policies, the persistence of such policies until the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834, and the sharp regional differences in the administration of relief. The book challenges many commonly held beliefs about the Poor Law and concludes that the adoption of outdoor relief for able-bodied paupers was a rational response by politically dominant farmers to changes in the rural economic environment.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The development and administration of the old poor law in rural areas, 1760-1834
The old poor law in historical perspective
An economic model of the English poor law
The old poor law and the agricultural labor market in Southern England: an empirical analysis
The effect of poor relief on birth rates in Southeastern England
The poor law, migration, and economic growth
The new poor law and the agricultural labor market, 1834-1850
The economics of poor relief in industrial cities
Conclusion
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521364799
ISBN-10: 0521364795
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 27th September 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.63