On the Road Again with Arthur Young: English, Irish, and French Agriculture during the Industrial Revolution

Robert C. Allen, Cormac O. Grada

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In their day Arthur Young’s tours of England, Ireland, and France represented a revolutionary approach to agricultural research. Here we avail of one part of the wealth of statistical data collected by Young—that on grain yields—to provide a comparative perspective on agricultural technique and progress in these countries around 1770 to 1850. We show that, ironically, Young’s carefully assembled data do not always support some of his best-remembered generalizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-116
Number of pages24
JournalThe Journal of Economic History
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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