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When did Britain industrialise?: the sectoral distribution of the labour force and labour productivity in Britain, 1381–1851

Broadberry, Stephen, Campbell, Bruce M.S. and van Leeuwen, Bas (2012) When did Britain industrialise?: the sectoral distribution of the labour force and labour productivity in Britain, 1381–1851. Explorations in Economic History, 50 (1). pp. 16-27. ISSN 0014-4983

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Abstract

Britain's labour force industrialised early. The industrial and service sectors already accounted for 40% of the labour force in 1381, and a substantial further shift of labour out of agriculture occurred between 1522 and 1700. From the early seventeenth century rising agricultural labour productivity underpinned steadily increasing employment in industry and services, so that by 1759 agriculture's share of the labour force had shrunk to 37% and industry's grown to 34%. Thereafter, industry's output acceleration during the Industrial Revolution owed more to gains in labour productivity consequent upon mechanisation than the expansion of employment.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/explorations-in-e...
Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J21 - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
N - Economic History > N1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations > N13 - Europe: Pre-1913
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
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O14 - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O52 - Europe
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
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Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 10:18
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/46458/

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