9780415161879

Production Efficiency in Domesday England, 1086

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    9780415161879

  • ISBN10:

    0415161878

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-03-18
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This fascinating study uses Domesday book data and Management Science methods to examine manorial production efficiency in Medieval Essex in 1086. It reveals unexpected facts about economic history.

Table of Contents

List of figures
ix(2)
List of tables
xi(2)
Preface xiii
1 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
1(14)
1.1 Introduction
1(2)
1.2 Background
3(3)
1.3 The survey and Domesday Book
6(5)
1.4 Economic analysis of Domesday production data
11(4)
2 MEASURING EFFICIENCY Theoretical ideas
15(21)
2.1 Introduction
15(1)
2.2 Brief description of the method
15(3)
2.3 Measuring inefficiency: the case of the competitive firm
18(5)
2.4 Measuring inefficiency: the Domesday estate
23(7)
2.5 Technological assumptions: scale
30(4)
2.6 Strong and weak free disposability of resources
34(2)
2.7 A decomposition into scale, congestion and technical inefficiency components
36(21)
3 ALGEBRAIC METHODS Linear programming
41(1)
3.1 Introduction
41(1)
3.2 Basic characteristics of linear programming problems
41(3)
3.3 The dual
44(2)
3.4 The substitutability of resources in production
46(1)
3.5 Calculating estate efficiency measures
47(7)
3.6 A theorem on shadow prices
54(3)
4 EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS OF DOMESDAY ESSEX LAY ESTATES
57(57)
4.1 Introduction
57(1)
4.2 Domesday Essex
57(4)
4.3 The annual values and manorial resources
61(3)
4.4 The data used in the study
64(3)
4.5 Manorial efficiency analysis: the efficiency calculations
67(1)
4.6 Manorial efficiency analysis assuming constant returns to scale, strong disposability of resources (CS) technology
68(8)
4.7 Factors associated with efficiency: descriptive analysis
76(16)
4.8 Factors associated with efficiency: statistical analysis
92(12)
4.9 Resource shadow prices and slack resources
104(4)
4.10 Efficiency results for four technologies compared
108(6)
5 AN ALTERNATIVE NON-FRONTIER EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS
114(17)
5.1 Introduction
114(1)
5.2 A review of methods of estimating efficiency
114(5)
5.3 The effect of ancillary factors on production: a parametric production function approach
119(12)
6 EXTENSIONS, COMPARISONS AND CONCLUSIONS
131(30)
6.1 Introduction
131(1)
6.2 Were Domesday estates run efficiently? The structural efficiency of production on Essex lay estates in 1086
131(8)
6.3 On the economic cost of the feudal and manorial systems
139(4)
6.4 The incidence of beneficial hidation: introduction
143(1)
6.5 Frontier considerations
144(3)
6.6 Beneficial hidation in Essex in 1086
147(5)
6.7 Statistical analysis of factors affecting beneficial hidation
152(4)
6.8 Conclusion
156(5)
APPENDIX 1 161(6)
Linear programming input algorithms 161(6)
APPENDIX 2 167(25)
Table 1 Essex lay estates, 1086: CS technology measures 167(17)
Table 2 Essex lay estates, 1086: by CS technology efficiency category 184(8)
APPENDIX 3 192(8)
Efficiency measures (u) of estates assuming CS, VS, CW and VW technologies: Essex lay estates, 1086 192(8)
APPENDIX 4 200(15)
Beneficial hidation indexes (BHI) for Essex lay estates, 1086 200(15)
Notes 215(11)
Bibliography 226(9)
Index 235

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