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Structural Change and Economic Growth in the British Economy before the Industrial Revolution, 1500–1800

Wallis, P., Colson, J. & Chilosi, D., Sep-2018, In : Journal of Economic History. 78, 3, p. 862-903

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Structural transformation is a key indicator of economic development. We present the first time series of male labor sectoral shares for England and Wales before 1800, using a large sample of probate and apprenticeship data to produce national- and county-level estimates. England experienced a rapid decline in the share of workers in agriculture between the early seventeenth and the beginning of the eighteenth centuries, associated with rising agricultural and especially industrial productivity; Wales saw few changes. Our results show that England experienced unusually early structural change and highlight the mid-seventeenth century as a turning point.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)862-903
JournalJournal of Economic History
Volume78
Issue number3
Early online date29-Aug-2018
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2018

    Keywords

  • WAGES, ENGLAND, POPULATION, APPRENTICESHIP, MARKETS, MALTHUS

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