The Economics of African American Slavery: The Cliometrics Debate
NBER Working Paper No. 25197
This working paper explores the significant contributions to the history of African-American slavery made by the application of the tools of cliometrics. As used here “cliometrics” is defined as a method of scientific analysis marked by the explicit use of economic theory and quantitative methods. American slavery of the late antebellum period [1840-1860] was one of the earliest topics that cliometricians focused on and, arguably, the topic upon which they made the largest impact.
Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25197