An Investigation of the Male-Female Wage Gap in Industrial Revolution Britain

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During the industrial revolution women's wages were substantially lower than men’s. This article documents the wage gap and shows that in most cases it can be explained without reference to wage discrimination. First, the wage data we have overestimate the wage gap; correcting for biases due to measurement error reduces the size of the wage gap. Second, because differences in productivity were substantial, the corrected wage gap is consistent with these.


  • Joyce Burnette
External organisations
  • Wabash College
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economic History


  • gender wage gap
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-281
Number of pages25
JournalEconomic History Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes