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Some dimensions of the 'quality of life' during the British industrial revolution

Crafts, Nicholas (1997) Some dimensions of the 'quality of life' during the British industrial revolution. CEPDP (339). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK. ISBN 0853283877

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The paper sets out estimates for various aspects of well-being during British industrialisation. Judgements about changes in living standards are shown to be sensitive to weighting procedures. It is argued that recent participants in the famous standards of living controversy have assigned undue importance to trends in heights and that concern for quality of life rather than real wages need not imply a pessimistic view of changes in aggregate well-being during the industrial revolution. Urban mortality experience is shown to be the least satisfactory aspect of well-being and it is suggested that this reflects difficulties of financing local public goods.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1997 N. Crafts
Divisions: Economic History
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2008 15:41
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:20

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