Roman Real Wages in Context
9 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2010
Date Written: August 23, 2010
This paper presents and discusses evidence of real incomes in the Roman period. It shows that real wages rose in response to demographic contractions. There is no evidence that would support the assumption that Roman economic growth raised real wages for workers. However, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence: relevant data are scarce and highly unevenly distributed in time and space.
Keywords: Real wages, Roman economy
JEL Classification: J30, N33
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