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Builders’ Working Time in Eighteenth Century Madrid

Mario García-Zúñiga
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Mario García-Zúñiga: University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU

No 195, Working Papers from European Historical Economics Society (EHES)

Abstract: This paper provides the first estimates of the number of days worked per year in the construction sector in Madrid between 1740 and 1810. Using a database of 389,000 observations with over 2.15 million paid days, we demonstrate how the length of the working year in the second half of eighteenth century was very close to the modern standard of 300 days, and that, by the end of the century, building workers—both skilled and unskilled— actually worked around 280 days, a far higher number than suggested by the current estimates for Spain or the figures proposed recently for northern Europe.

Keywords: Spain; pre-industrial labour market; 18th century; working year; construction history (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J3 J49 N33 N63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2020-09
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