Mistaken wages: the cost of labour in the early modern English economy, a reply to Robert C. Allen

Authors:
JUDY Z. STEPHENSON
Published Online:
25 Sep 2018
DOI:
10.1111/ehr.12780
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Abstract

This article responds to Robert C. Allen's reply to my new wage evidence for London, 1650–1800. The day rates Allen relies upon are not ‘wages’, and the evidence clearly points to a large difference between existing estimates and actual wages earned. His use of the piece rate in understanding earnings is significant, but cannot support a ‘high wage’ thesis. International comparisons that take new evidence into account do not show English wages to be any higher than elsewhere in Europe.

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