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Title

English Poor Laws

Author

George Boyer

Categories

Economic History
Labor and Demographic Economics
Law and Economics
Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth

Type

Article

Description

For nearly three centuries, the Poor Law constituted "a welfare state in miniature," relieving the elderly, widows, children, the sick, the disabled, and the unemployed and underemployed (Blaug 1964). This essay will outline the changing role played by the Poor Law, focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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