Mistaken Wages: The Cost of Labour in the Early Modern English Economy, a Reply to Robert C. Allen

15 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2019

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

This article responds to Robert C. Allen's reply to my new wage evidence for London, 1650–1800. The day rates Allen relies upon are not ‘wages’, and the evidence clearly points to a large difference between existing estimates and actual wages earned. His use of the piece rate in understanding earnings is significant, but cannot support a ‘high wage’ thesis. International comparisons that take new evidence into account do not show English wages to be any higher than elsewhere in Europe.

Suggested Citation

Stephenson, Judy, Mistaken Wages: The Cost of Labour in the Early Modern English Economy, a Reply to Robert C. Allen (May 2019). The Economic History Review, Vol. 72, Issue 2, pp. 755-769, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3367120 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ehr.12780

Judy Stephenson (Contact Author)

University of Oxford

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