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Working Hours of the World Unite? New International Evidence of Worktime, 1870 1913

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  • HUBERMAN, MICHAEL

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This article constructs new measures of worktime for Europe, North America, and Australia, 1870 1913. Great Britain began with the shortest work year and Belgium the longest. By 1913 certain continental countries approached British worktimes, and, consistent with recent findings on real wages, annual hours in Old and New Worlds had converged. Although globalization did not lead to a race to the bottom of worktimes, there is only partial evidence of a race to the top. National work routines, the outcome of different legal, labor, and political histories, mediated relations between hours and income.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal The Journal of Economic History.

Volume (Year): 64 (2004)
Issue (Month): 04 (December)
Pages: 964-1001

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Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:64:y:2004:i:04:p:964-1001_04

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  1. Michael Huberman & Frank Lewis, 2007. "Bend it like Beckham: Hours and Wages across Forty-Eight Countries in 1900," Working Papers 1229, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  2. Madsen, Jakob B., 2010. "Growth and capital deepening since 1870: Is it all technological progress?," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 641-656, June.
  3. Ian W. McLean, 2005. "Why Was Australia So Rich?," School of Economics Working Papers 2005-11, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.
  4. Andrea Brandolini & Giovanni Vecchi, 2011. "The Well-Being of Italians: A Comparative Historical Approach," Quaderni di storia economica (Economic History Working Papers) 19, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  5. Guillaume Daudin & Kevin H O'Rourke & Matthias Morys, 2008. "Europe and Globalization, 1870-1914," Sciences Po publications 2008-17, Sciences Po.
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  7. Oh, Seung-Yun & Park, Yongjin & Bowles, Samuel, 2012. "Veblen effects, political representation, and the reduction in working time over the 20th century," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 83(2), pages 218-242.
  8. Mark Koyama, 2009. "The Price of Time and Labour Supply: From the Black Death to the Industrious Revolution," Oxford University Economic and Social History Series _078, Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
  9. Leandro Prados de la Escosura & Joan R. Rosés, 2008. "Proximate causes of economic growth in Spain, 1850-2000," Working Papers in Economic History wp08-12, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones.
  10. Domenech, Jordi, 2007. "Working hours in the European periphery: The length of the working day in Spain, 1885-1920," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 469-486, July.
  11. Emanuele Felice & Giovanni Vecchi, 2013. "Italy’s Growth and Decline, 1861-2011," CEIS Research Paper 293, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 11 Oct 2013.
  12. Matthias Morys & Guillaume Daudin, 2008. "Globalization, 1870-1914," Economics Series Working Papers 395, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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