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Old Questions, New Data, and Alternative Perspectives: Families' Living Standards in the Industrial Revolution

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  • Horrell, Sara
  • Humphries, Jane

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We have used the household accounts of 1,350 husband-wife families to investigate trends in male earnings and family incomes. This evidence confirms the material progress suggested by trends in the real wage rates of adult males. But the budget data underscore occupational and regional distinctions, discontinuities in the growth process, and changes over time in the ability of other family members to offset the effects of the business cycle on men's earnings. Overall, family incomes grew less than male earnings.

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  • Horrell, Sara & Humphries, Jane, 1992. "Old Questions, New Data, and Alternative Perspectives: Families' Living Standards in the Industrial Revolution," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 52(4), pages 849-880, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:52:y:1992:i:04:p:849-880_01
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