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How long was the working day in London in the 1750s? Evidence from the courtroom

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Little is known about the length of the working year in pre-industrial times. This paper develops a new method for analysing patterns of time-use in the past. Witnesses' accounts in court records, it will be argued, reflect the actual behaviour of a group that is representative of the population at large. This new technique is applied to London during the middle of the eighteenth century. Results are compared with evidence from other eighteenth-century sources. These findings hav...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Economics
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Author
Publisher:
University of Oxford
Series:
Oxford Economic and Social History Working Papers
Publication date:
1996-04-01
Paper number:
6
Language:
English
Pubs id:
1167886
UUID:
uuid:e7c153a7-8399-460e-a965-10e7b634122b
Local pid:
pubs:1167886
Deposit date:
2011-08-15

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