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Failure or flexibility? Apprenticeship training in premodern Europe

Schalk, Ruben, Wallis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1434-515X, Crowston, Clare and Lemercier, Claire (2017) Failure or flexibility? Apprenticeship training in premodern Europe. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 48 (2). pp. 131-158. ISSN 0022-1953

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Identification Number: 10.1162/JINH_a_01123


Pre-industrial apprenticeship is often considered more stable than its nineteenth- and twentieth-century counterparts, apparently because of the more durable relationships between masters and apprentices. Nevertheless, recent studies have suggested that many of those who started apprenticeships did not finish them. New evidence about more than 7,000 contracts across several cities in three countries finds that, for a number of reasons, a substantial minority of youths entering apprenticeship contracts failed to complete them. By allowing premature exits, cities and guilds sustained labor markets by lowering the risks of entering long training contracts. Training flexibility was a pragmatic response to labor-market tensions.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 14:28
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2024 01:09

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