Reference work entry
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.
KeywordsAuctions Colonialism Incomplete contracts Indentured servitude International migration Labour contracts Redemption Slavery
JEL ClassificationsN30 N31
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