The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Indentured Servitude

  • Farley Grubb
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Indentured servants were workers – mostly unmarried young adult males – who voluntarily entered alienable forward-labour contracts typically lasting between three and five years in exchange for passage to an overseas destination.


Auctions Colonialism Incomplete contracts Indentured servitude International migration Labour contracts Redemption Slavery 

JEL Classifications

N30 N31 
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  • Farley Grubb
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