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The internal labour dynamics of the Great Eastern Railway Company, 1870–1913

Howlett, Peter (2004) The internal labour dynamics of the Great Eastern Railway Company, 1870–1913. Economic History Review, 57 (2). 396 - 422. ISSN 0013-0117

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2004.00282.x


An important labour market development towards the end of the nineteenth century was the rise of the internal labour market. Railway companies were pioneers in this area, and this article presents an analysis of the career histories of 848 traffic staff workers of the Great Eastern Railway Company. This large longitudinal sample provides the first detailed account of the internal labour dynamics of a pre-1914 railway company, providing a unique insight into an early internal labour market. It shows that there was a clearly structured market for unskilled entrants, that promotion and demotion were an important managerial tool, and that there was a significant wage premium for promotion.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Economic History Society
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N33 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: Europe: Pre-1913
N - Economic History > N7 - Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, Technology, and Other Services > N73 - Europe: Pre-1913
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2008 14:23
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 21:54

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