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Journal Article

Wage Labour in Seventeenth-Century London

Jeremy Boulton
The Economic History Review
New Series, Vol. 49, No. 2 (May, 1996), pp. 268-290
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Economic History Society
DOI: 10.2307/2597916
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2597916
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

This article presents a new wage rate series for building workers in seventeenth-century London. It discusses this in the light of Woodward's recent examination of wages in northern towns, and places it in the context of what is known about the metropolitan labour market. The method employed identifies short periods when money wage rates for skilled workmen seem to fall. Despite this, over the seventeenth century, money wages doubled such that London retained its position as the high wage economy par excellence of Stuart England.

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