Part-Year Operation in 19th Century American Manufacturing: Evidence from the 1870 and 1880 Censuses

Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 327

13 Pages Posted: 9 May 2001

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Jeremy Atack

Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Fred Bateman

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics

Robert A. Margo

Boston University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: March 2001

Abstract

Using unpublished data contained in samples from the manuscripts of the 1870 and 1880 censuses of manufactures the earliest comprehensive estimates available this study examines the extent and correlates of part-year manufacturing during the late 19th century. While the typical manufacturing plant operated full-time, part-year operation was not uncommon; its likelihood of this varied across industries and locations and with plant characteristics. Workers in such plants received somewhat higher monthly wages than those in firms that operated year round, compensating them somewhat for their losses and possible inconvenience.

Suggested Citation

Atack, Jeremy and Bateman, Fred and Margo, Robert A., Part-Year Operation in 19th Century American Manufacturing: Evidence from the 1870 and 1880 Censuses (March 2001). Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 327. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=269370 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.269370

Jeremy Atack

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Robert A. Margo

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