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What Happened to the Standard of Living Before the Industrial Revolution? New Evidence from the Western Part of the Netherlands

Jan Luiten van Zanden

in Living Standards in the Past

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199280681
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602467 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199280681.003.0008
 What Happened to the Standard of Living Before the Industrial Revolution? New Evidence from the Western Part of the Netherlands

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Presents improved estimates of the cost of living and the real wages of labourers in the western part of the Netherlands. The results show that even in this relatively dynamic economy there was a decline in real wages during the Early Modern Period.

Keywords: consumer price index; Early Modern Period; economic growth; real wages; standard of living; the Netherlands

Chapter.  9925 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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