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The Earnings Gap Between Agricultural and Manufacturing Laborers, 1925-1941
Lee J. Alston and T. J. Hatton
The Journal of Economic History
Vol. 51, No. 1 (Mar., 1991), pp. 83-99
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2123052
Page Count: 17
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We estimate the monthly and hourly earnings ratio between agricultural and manufacturing laborers, adjusting for compensation received in-kind and differences in the cost of living. Our results indicate that prior to the Great Depression, agricultural compensation was similar to that in manufacturing within geographic regions, and a substantial earnings gap in favor of manufacturing emerged in the early thirties.
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