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Leaving home and entering service: the age of apprenticeship in early modern London

Wallis, Patrick, Webb, Cliff and Minns, Chris (2009) Leaving home and entering service: the age of apprenticeship in early modern London. Economic History Working Papers (125/09). Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Leaving home and entering service was a key transition in early modern England. This paper presents evidence on the age of apprenticeship in London. Using a new sample of 22,156 apprentices bound between 1575 and 1810, we find that apprentices became younger (from 17.4 to 14.7 years) and more homogenous, irrespective of background. We examine the effect of region of origin, parental occupation, company entered, and paternal mortality on age of entry. The fall in apprentices’ age has significant implications for our understanding of labour supply, training structures, the experience of apprenticeship, and the family economy in this period.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The authors
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 15:11
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 00:15

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