Cost of owning a slave versus free farm worker cost

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Wallyfish

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Has anyone published an annual cost comparison of a farmer owning a slave versus paying a free man to work the farm?

I have always wondered if the decision to be a slave owner was strictly a cost based decision or if other factors such as free man worker availability were the motivating decision factors.
 
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