In Reply to: Re: slaves and discount rates? posted by Alexandra Polly on October 7, 2001 at 18:30:17:
: : : can anyone explain to me why it is that a high discount rate for slaves, treated as capital, could lead them to being worked to death?:
I think another good example of the high discount rate came around the time of abolition. When the threat of abolition became more prominent in society, it was much more likely that the slaves would be worked to death, because the slave owners knew that their time was limited. The long term value of each slave decreased, because abolition was getting closer. Therefore, the slave owners did not have to worry about the long term effects of treating the slaves miserably, because ultimately, they were going to lose them anyway. So it became more and more common for the men and women to be worked to death...literally.
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