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The Swedish Wage-Rental Ratio And Its Determinants, 1877-1926

  • Jan Bohlin
  • Svante Larsson
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    Trends in wage-rental ratios figure prominently in the recent literature on factor price convergence and globalisation in the late nineteenth century. Sweden has been described as a free-trade country whose wage-rental ratio exhibited a distinctive upward trend before World War I. This article presents a new land price series that indicates an increase in land rentals and an evolution of the wage-rental ratio more in line with other European protectionist countries. We explore the determinants of the Swedish wage-rental ratio and assess the relative importance of protectionism and changes in Swedish farming's product mix from crop to animal products. Copyright 2007 The Authors; Journal compilation Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand 2007.

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    Article provided by Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand in its journal Australian Economic History Review.

    Volume (Year): 47 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (03)
    Pages: 49-72

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