The System of Manorial Production

John McDonald and G. D. Snooks

in Domesday Economy

Published in print July 1986 | ISBN: 9780198285243
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596636 | DOI:
 The System of Manorial Production

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‘The system of manorial production’ for the first time, demonstrates how Anglo‐Norman society operated as an economic system. This involves setting up a model of manorial production and testing it by estimating a range of sophisticated production functions. These production functions are more appropriate to simple medieval economies than to complex modern economies. The econometric results provide a basis for a new interpretation of the Anglo‐Norman economy, which contradicts the conventional wisdom in significant respects (particularly, regarding the rationality of the entire system).

Keywords: 1086; econometrics; manor; production functions; theory

Chapter.  8960 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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