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

Patrick Wallis (), Justin Colson and David Chilosi ()

LSE Research Online Documents on Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library

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.

JEL-codes: N0 F3 G3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-09-01
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Published in Journal of Economic History, 1, September, 2018, 78(3), pp. 862 - 903. ISSN: 0022-0507

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