Rational management, modern business practices, and economies of scale in the ante-bellum southern plantations

Jacob Metzer

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-150
Number of pages28
JournalExplorations in Economic History
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1975
Externally publishedYes

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*I would like to thank Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman for their invaluable comments and suggestions at all stages of preparation of this paper. I am also indebted for helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper provided by Steve Easton, Don McCloskey, Haim Ofek, T.W. Schultz, Ralph Shlomowitz, and all other participants of the faculty seminar of the Economics Department at the Hebrew University and of the Economic History Workshop at the University of Chicago. In addition, an anonymous referee made comments and suggestions which were of great help. Financial support was provided by the National Sciences Foundation Grants GS 3262 and GS 27262 and by grant from the Kaplan School of Economics Social Sciences at the Hebrew University. ‘SeeConrad and Meyer (1958). Evans(l962) andYasuba(l961). ‘Seealso Fogel and Engerman (1971a, pp. 311-341 and 197lb). ‘See also Gray (1933,1, pp. 5299544). Phillips (1929, p. 136) and Stampp (19.56, pp. 38-42). ‘Most slaves lived and worked on plantation-type establishments. 85. I I % of the male slave population above age I5 lived on plantations with 1 I slaves per plantation or more, and 53.5% lived on plantations with 31 slaves or more per plantation. See Fogel Engerman (1974, 2, p. 40).

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