Farm productivity down before Civil War

1 attributed increase in per capita income to a

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Unformatted text preview: ent early 19th century: - Paul David (Ch. 1) attributed increase in per capita income to a decrease of agri employment relative to other sectors (more workers employed in higher-productivity sectors) - 1860, first census to distinguish between diff types of labor • Thomas Weiss-questions David’s assessmentless rapid occupational switchmore people in ag then originally though, decreases appearance of increasing productivity • people that lived in rural areas (where agr was only employment available) were often classified as “laborers” not “farm laborers”**reduced rate of agricultural productivity growth (and overall econ growth) before Civil War and increase after** • Originally believed that productivity grew marginally faster before the war than afterwards...
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