Real wages and labor productivity in Britain and Germany, 1871–1938 : a unified approach to the international comparison of living standards
Broadberry, Stephen and Burhop, Carsten. (2010) Real wages and labor productivity in Britain and Germany, 1871–1938 : a unified approach to the international comparison of living standards. The Journal of Economic History, Vol.70 (No.2). pp. 400-427. ISSN 0022-0507Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022050710000331
Throughout the period 1871–1938, the average British worker was better off than the average German worker, but there were significant differences between major sectors. For the aggregate economy, the real wage gap was about the same as the labor productivity gap, but again there were important sectoral differences. Compared to their productivity, German industrial workers were poorly paid, whereas German agricultural and service sector employees were overpaid. This affected the competitiveness of the two countries in these sectors. There were also important differences in comparative real wages by skill level, affecting the extent of poverty.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||The Journal of Economic History|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of Pages:||28|
|Page Range:||pp. 400-427|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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