New Estimates of Hours of Work and Real Income from the 1880s to 1930: Long Run Trends and Workers’ Preferences

The Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 45, pp. 353-372, 1999

Posted: 17 Jan 2010

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

The first set of hours of work estimates constructed for Canada and its regions for the 1880-1930 period is presented in this article. These estimates suggest a trend decline in hours of work, especially following First World War. In addition, these estimates suggest that the decline in hours of work came at no or little cost in terms of real weekly income. The trends uncovered for Canada are found to be similar to those revealed for the U.S. In effect, by the early twentieth century workers were realizing their long expressed preferences for a shorter work week at no loss in real income.

Keywords: Work hours, Real income, Trends, Preferences, Workers, Canada

JEL Classification: J22, D31, N30

Suggested Citation

Altman, Morris, New Estimates of Hours of Work and Real Income from the 1880s to 1930: Long Run Trends and Workers’ Preferences (1999). The Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 45, pp. 353-372, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1536806

Morris Altman (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle ( email )

University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia

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