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Agricultural output, calories and living standards in England before and during the Industrial Revolution

Morgan Kelly and Cormac Ó Gráda ()

No 201212, Working Papers from School of Economics, University College Dublin

Abstract: This paper surveys the results of four recent, separate attempts at estimating agricultural output and food availability in England and Wales at points between the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution. It highlights their contrasting implications for trends in economic growth and nutritional status over time. It also offers some suggestions aimed at narrowing gaps between the evidence and how it has been interpreted.

Keywords: Agriculture; Nutrition; Economic growth; Agricultural productivity--Wales--History; Agricultural productivity--England--History; Nutrition--Wales--History; Nutrition--England--History; Economic development--Wales--History; Economic development--England--History (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N1 N5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012-04
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