What Money Can Buy? Three Centuries of Norwegian Wage and Price Development

29 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2010

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Ola Honningdal Grytten

Institutt for samfunnsøkonomi / Department of Economics Norges Handelshøyskole / Norwegian School of Economics

Date Written: November 2, 2007

Abstract

On the basis of newly utilized data from one of the largest manual historical archives on wages and prices internationally and unpublished data from Statistics Norway this article offers new wage and price series for Norway 1726-2006, which enable us to calculate real wages. These cover all main industries and sub-industries as well as an aggregated series for the entire economy. We conclude that long run real wages stayed fairly stable until the 1820s. Thereafter a modest increase took place until the 1870s, followed by rapid growth. Thus, the development of real wages seems to follow the pattern of modernization of the Norwegian economy.

Suggested Citation

Grytten, Ola Honningdal, What Money Can Buy? Three Centuries of Norwegian Wage and Price Development (November 2, 2007). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 27/2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1550620 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1550620

Ola Honningdal Grytten (Contact Author)

Institutt for samfunnsøkonomi / Department of Economics Norges Handelshøyskole / Norwegian School of Economics ( email )

Helleveien 30
N-5035 Bergen
Norway

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