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LABOUR’S REWARD

Real Wages and Economic Change in 19th – and 20th – Century Europe Edited by Peter Scholliers, Senior Research Associate, the Belgian Fund of Scientific Research, Belgium and Vera Zamagni, Professor of Economic History, University of Bologna and Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center, Italy
In Labour’s Reward, leading international scholars present time series analyses of prices, wages, earnings and real wages in European countries and regions from the beginning of the 19th century to the final decade of the 20th century. The volume features original analysis and important new data on Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.
Extent: 320 pp
Hardback Price: $165.00 Web: $148.50
Publication Date: 1995
ISBN: 978 1 85278 971 8
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic History
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Labour Economics
In Labour’s Reward, leading international scholars present time series analyses of prices, wages, earnings and real wages in European countries and regions from the beginning of the 19th century to the final decade of the 20th century. The volume features original analysis and important new data on Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.

The introduction surveys the general study of real wages and economic development, emphasizing methodological and theoretical difficulties as well as making a series of international comparisons. Issues raised in these papers include the connection between real wages and general economic development, productivity growth, regional labour mobility, wage dispersion, social unrest and labour market disturbances. Methodological issues, such as the weighting of aggregate indices, are also discussed. A standardization appendix with nominal wages and cost-of-living indices for eleven countries, as well as a comprehensive bibliography, conclude the volume.

This important book will be welcomed both as a substantial contribution to European economic and social history, and for the insights it offers to current debates on income distribution and the standard of living.
‘This important volume presents the work of leading international academics. . .’
– Aslib Book Guide

‘The authors are to be praised. Their task is mind-numbing, but their careful judgment and patience have yielded a product with substantial positive spillovers.’
– Robert Whaples, Southern Economic Journal