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Apprenticeship and training in premodern England

Wallis, Patrick (2007) Apprenticeship and training in premodern England. Working papers on the nature of evidence: how well do 'facts' travel?, 22/07. Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper re-examines the economics of premodern apprenticeship in England. I present new data showing that a high proportion of apprenticeships in seventeenth century London ended before the term of service was finished. I then propose a new account of how training costs and repayments were distributed over the apprenticeship contract such that neither master or apprentice risked significant loss from early termination. This new account fits with the characteristics of premodern apprenticeship, as well as with what is known about the acquisition of skills in modern and premodern societies.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/economicHistory/
Additional Information: © 2007 The Author
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > How Well Do 'Facts' Travel?
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Series: Working Papers > Working Papers on The Nature of Evidence: How Well Do ‘Facts’ Travel?
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2009 17:04
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2014 13:18
Projects: Large-Scale Technological Change
Funders: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/, Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/22515

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