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The Top 100 Largest Employers in UK and Germany in the Twentieth Century. Data (ca. 1907, 1935/38, 1955/57, 1972/73, 1992/95)


  • Martin Fiedler

    (University Bielefeld)

  • Howard Gospel

    (King's College London)


The working paper contains data on the Top 100 British and German firms measured by employment in five different years. Our analysis and interpretation of the tables has been published in the journal Jahrbuch fuer Wirtschaftsgeschichte 2/2010, pp. 27-43: ?Big Business im 20. Jahrhundert: Die 100 groessten Arbeitgeber in Grossbritannien und Deutschland in vergleichender Perspektive?

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  • Martin Fiedler & Howard Gospel, 2010. "The Top 100 Largest Employers in UK and Germany in the Twentieth Century. Data (ca. 1907, 1935/38, 1955/57, 1972/73, 1992/95)," Cologne Economic History papers 8, University of Cologne, Department of Economic and Business History, revised Mar 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:wso:wpaper:8

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    1. P. Wardley, 2001. "Debate - On the Ranking of Firms: A Response to Jeremy and Farnie," Business History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(3), pages 119-134.
    2. D. Jeremy & D. Farnie, 2001. "Debate - The Ranking of Firms, the Counting of Employees, and the Classification of Data: A Cautionary Not," Business History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(3), pages 105-118.
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    20th Century; UK; Germany; Employers;
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    JEL classification:

    • N9 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History
    • N3 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy

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