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Rules and reality: quantifying the practice of apprenticeship in early modern England

Minns, Chris and Wallis, Patrick (2011) Rules and reality: quantifying the practice of apprenticeship in early modern England. Economic History Review, Online . ISSN 1468-0289

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Abstract

This article uses recently digitized samples of apprentices and masters in London and Bristol to quantify the practice of apprenticeship in the late seventeenth century. Apprenticeship appears much more fluid than is traditionally understood. Many apprentices did not complete their terms of indenture; late arrival and early departure from the master's household were widespread. Other apprentices appear to have been absent temporarily, returning to the master shortly before the end of their indenture. Regression analysis indicates that the patterns of presence and absence broadly reflect the resources and external opportunities available to apprentices.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref...
Additional Information: © 2011 Economic History Society
Library of Congress subject classification: 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: 28 Jul 2011 15:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37638/

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