The Poor Law of Old England: Resource Constraints and Demographic Regimes
University College Dublin Centre for Economic Research Working Paper No. 09/08
43 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2010
Date Written: July 1, 2009
England experienced a striking improvement in life expectancy between middle ages and the seventeenth century. This is not explained by an increase in real wages or better climatic conditions. We argue that it was partly a product of institutional change through the old poor law, which began to take shape and become effective early in the seventeenth century.
Keywords: Poor Law, Economic History
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