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Structural change and economic growth in the British economy before the Industrial Revolution, 1500-1800

Wallis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1434-515X, Colson, Justin and Chilosi, David (2018) Structural change and economic growth in the British economy before the Industrial Revolution, 1500-1800. Journal of Economic History, 78 (3). 862 - 903. ISSN 0022-0507

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0022050718000396

Abstract

Structural transformation is a key indicator of economic development. We present the first time series of male labour sectoral shares for England and Wales before 1800, using a large sample of probate and apprenticeship data to produce national and county-level estimates. England experienced a rapid decline in the share of workers in agriculture between the early seventeenth and the beginning of the eighteenth centuries, associated with rising agricultural and especially industrial productivity; Wales saw few changes. Our results show that England experienced unusually early structural change and highlight the mid-seventeenth century as a turning point.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of...
Additional Information: © 2018 The Economic History Association
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 13:13
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:38
Funders: The Wellcome Trust
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84510

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