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

Wallis, P and Colson, JR and Chilosi, D (2018) 'Structural change and economic growth in the British economy before the Industrial Revolution, 1500-1800.' Journal of Economic History. ISSN 0022-0507

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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
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 12:01
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20492

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