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Working Paper


Professor John Hall

Journal of Economic Literature Classification Codes

B15, B52, I38

Key Words

Gleaning, Evolutionary, History, Institutions, Poverty


This inquiry seeks to establish that the act of gleaning can be understood through an evolutionary approach. Because gleaning has been practiced in some form in almost every agricultural system, this inquiry shall consider several different regions and time periods, taking into account the distinct economic and social structures. The segments of history to be explored here range from antiquity, as documented in Scripture, through early modernity, and into the post-modern era.


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