Child Day-Labourers in Agriculture: Evidence from Farm Accounts, 1740-1850

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Abstract

While child labour has always been an important part of the industrial revolutionstory, there is little quantitative evidence about the number of child workers in the1740–1850 period. This article estimates trends in the percentage of the agriculturalday-labouring workforce that were children. By using the wage level to identify childworkers, it is possible to estimate child labour for a large sample of English farms. Itis found that girls were rarely employed as day-labourers, while boys were employedabout as frequently as women. The percentage of boys in the day-labour workforceincreased until the 1820s and then declined.

Detaljer

Författare
  • Joyce Burnette
Externa organisationer
  • Wabash College
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Ekonomisk historia

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)1077-1099
Antal sidor23
TidskriftEconomic History Review
Volym65
Utgivningsnummer3
StatusPublished - 2012
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa