How Skilled Were Agricultural Labourers in the Early Nineteenth Century?

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How Skilled Were Agricultural Labourers in the Early Nineteenth Century? / Burnette, Joyce.

In: Economic History Review, Vol. 59, No. 4, 2006, p. 688-716.

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T1 - How Skilled Were Agricultural Labourers in the Early Nineteenth Century?

AU - Burnette, Joyce

PY - 2006

Y1 - 2006

N2 - Using the wage accounts of two different farms in the 1830s and 1840s, matched with census records to determine the age of the workers, this article estimates age-wage profiles for male and female agricultural labourers. Females earned less than males, and had less wage growth over their life cycles. Male wage profiles peaked at age 30–5, earlier than the wage profiles of workers today. Before the age of 30 wage growth was more rapid than increases in strength, but less rapid than wage growth among factory workers. If wage increases after the age of 20 indicate skill acquisition, then male agricultural labourers acquired a significant amount of skill, but less skill than contemporaneous factory workers.

AB - Using the wage accounts of two different farms in the 1830s and 1840s, matched with census records to determine the age of the workers, this article estimates age-wage profiles for male and female agricultural labourers. Females earned less than males, and had less wage growth over their life cycles. Male wage profiles peaked at age 30–5, earlier than the wage profiles of workers today. Before the age of 30 wage growth was more rapid than increases in strength, but less rapid than wage growth among factory workers. If wage increases after the age of 20 indicate skill acquisition, then male agricultural labourers acquired a significant amount of skill, but less skill than contemporaneous factory workers.

KW - agricultural laborers

U2 - 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2006.00363.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2006.00363.x

M3 - Article

VL - 59

SP - 688

EP - 716

JO - Economic History Review

JF - Economic History Review

SN - 1468-0289

IS - 4

ER -