Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2121125
 
 

References (44)



 


 



Dispersion and Distortions in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade


Tin Cheuk Leung


The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

John T. Dalton


Wake Forest University

July 31, 2012


Abstract:     
This paper documents the heterogeneity across voyages during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Output dispersion is highest across Portuguese voyages, lower across French voyages, and lowest across British voyages. We use a structural approach to identify market distortions from wedges in first order conditions. The dispersion in market distortions is highest for Portuguese voyages, followed by French and British. We then calculate the share of output dispersion due to the dispersion in market distortions. Dispersion in market distortions accounts for as much as 17% of the dispersion in output. Dispersion in TFP accounts for the largest share of dispersion in output.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: slave trades, market distortions, output dispersion, productivity

JEL Classification: N77, F14, F54

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: August 1, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Leung, Tin Cheuk and Dalton, John T., Dispersion and Distortions in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (July 31, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2121125 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2121125

Contact Information

Tin Cheuk Leung (Contact Author)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) ( email )
Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong
China
John T. Dalton
Wake Forest University ( email )
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 266
Downloads: 7
References:  44

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo8 in 0.250 seconds