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Real wages and labor productivity in Britain and Germany, 1871–1938: a unified approach to the international comparison of living standards

Broadberry, Stephen and Burhop, Carsten (2010) Real wages and labor productivity in Britain and Germany, 1871–1938: a unified approach to the international comparison of living standards. Journal of Economic History, 70 (02). pp. 400-427. ISSN 1471-6372

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Abstract

Throughout the period 1871–1938, the average British worker was better off than the average German worker, but there were significant differences between major sectors. For the aggregate economy, the real wage gap was about the same as the labor productivity gap, but again there were important sectoral differences. Compared to their productivity, German industrial workers were poorly paid, whereas German agricultural and service sector employees were overpaid. This affected the competitiveness of the two countries in these sectors. There were also important differences in comparative real wages by skill level, affecting the extent of poverty.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2010 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2011 13:02
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32350/

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