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Leaving home and entering service: the age of apprenticeship in early modern London

  • Patrick Wallis
  • Cliff Webb
  • Chris Minns

Leaving home and entering service was a key transition in early modern England. This paper presents evidence on the age of apprenticeship in London. Using a new sample of 22,156 apprentices bound between 1575 and 1810, we find that apprentices became younger (from 17.4 to 14.7 years) and more homogenous, irrespective of background. We examine the effect of region of origin, parental occupation, company entered, and paternal mortality on age of entry. The fall in apprentices’ age has significant implications for our understanding of labour supply, training structures, the experience of apprenticeship, and the family economy in this period.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History in its series Economic History Working Papers with number 27873.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:wpaper:27873
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