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By George R. Boyer

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Over the past 3rd of the eighteenth century, such a lot parishes in rural southern England followed rules delivering terrible reduction outdoors workhouses to unemployed and underemployed able-bodied labourers. the talk over the industrial results of 'outdoor' reduction funds to able-bodied staff has persisted for over 2 hundred years. This publication examines the industrial function of the terrible legislations within the rural south of britain. It provides a version of the rural labour marketplace that offers causes for the frequent adoption of outside aid guidelines, the endurance of such regulations until eventually the passage of the negative legislations modification Act in 1834, and the pointy local transformations within the management of reduction. The booklet demanding situations many typically held ideals concerning the terrible legislations and concludes that the adoption of out of doors aid for able-bodied paupers used to be a rational reaction by means of politically dominant farmers to adjustments within the rural financial atmosphere.

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Thus, the labor-hiring farmers' payments to labor during The Old Poor Law in Rural Areas, 1760-1834 19 the winter equaled e(FWB 4- PRP) under the labor rate and FWB + e(PRP) under the unemployment insurance system. So long as e < 1 (that is, there were some non-labor-hiring taxpayers in the parish), the total expenditure on labor by labor-hiring farmers was smaller under the labor rate than under the unemployment insurance system. 17 What effect did the payment of outdoor relief to able-bodied workers have on the supply of labor?

Hampson 1934: 191). The Old Poor Law in Rural Areas, 1760-1834 17 Other parishes set the wage rate to be paid roundsmen, and some parishes auctioned off the roundsmen. Historians have criticized the roundsman system for forcing non-laborhiring ratepayers "to pay part of the wages bill of their richer neighbours" (Webb and Webb 1927: 192). It is not clear, however, whether the subsidization of farmers was greater under the roundsman system or the regular unemployment insurance system. The roundsman system, by guaranteeing laborers a subsistence level of income during slack seasons, enabled the wage rate to fall by enough to clear the labor market.

33 In grain-producing parishes that contained little common or waste land, increasing grain prices could not have led to significant increases in the amount of land under crops. Laborers' loss of allotments in longenclosed parishes therefore was almost certainly not compensated for by an increase in agricultural employment. Nor was it compensated for by an increase in wage rates. 34 In sum, the loss of commons rights or allotments had two important effects on agricultural laborers: (1) It caused a reduction in their annual incomes, and (2) it removed their partial insulation from fluctuations in the price of food.

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