Slaves Prices from Succession and Bankruptcy Sales in Mauritius, 1825-1827

CIRPEE Working Paper No. 03-09

25 Pages Posted: 15 May 2003

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Shirley Chenny

Pulp and Paper Products Council

Pascal St-Amour

University of Lausanne - School of Economics and Business Administration (HEC-Lausanne); Swiss Finance Institute

Désiré Vencatachellum

HEC Montreal - Institute of Applied Economics

Date Written: January 2003

Abstract

We construct a unique data set from succession and bankruptcy sales in Mauritius to investigate the determinants of slave prices between 1825 and 1827. We find that males, females sold with children, skilled slaves and slaves sold during the peak sugar cane harvest season all fetched higher prices. In comparison, handicapped and non-native slaves were sold at a discount. Moreover, the young-children premium increased over the period. This may indicate that slave owners did not think that slavery would be abolished in the near future or thought that they would be compensated in such an event.

Keywords: Slavery, slave price, Mauritius

JEL Classification: N37

Suggested Citation

Chenny, Shirley and St-Amour, Pascal and Vencatachellum, Désiré, Slaves Prices from Succession and Bankruptcy Sales in Mauritius, 1825-1827 (January 2003). CIRPEE Working Paper No. 03-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=396042 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.396042

Shirley Chenny

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Pascal St-Amour (Contact Author)

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