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The Impact of Regional Differences in Prices and Wages on Economic Growth: The United States in 1890

Philip Coelho () and James F. Shepherd

The Journal of Economic History, 1979, vol. 39, issue 1, 69-85

Abstract: Differences in regional prices and wages are examined for the United States in 1890, together with the relationship between the cost of living and city size, and the determinants of regional industrial growth. Results indicate that regional cost-of-liying differences were sufficiently large so that money wages cannot be used for purposes of comparing the economic well-being of wage earners across regions. Except for the South, money wages and the cost of living were positively correlated. The relative differences in money wages, however, were greater; consequently real wages in high wage-price areas were generally higher.

Date: 1979
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