Publication
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Economic inequality and growth before the industrial revolution : the case of the Low Countries (fourteenth to nineteenth centuries)
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Abstract
This article studies a collection of data on economic inequality in fifteen towns in the Southern and Northern Low Countries from the late Middle Ages until the end of the nineteenth century. By using a single and consistent source type and adopting a uniform methodology, it is possible to study levels of urban economic inequality across time and place comparatively. The results indicate a clear growth in economic inequality in the two centuries prior to the industrial revolution and the onset of sustained economic growth per capita. The results presented lend support to the "classical" explanation of inequality as the consequence of a changing functional distribution of income favoring capital over labor over the course of the early modern period. These findings provide an alternative resolution of the conundrum presented by "optimist" and "pessimists" interpretations of early modern economic development.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European review of economic history. - Cambridge, 1996, currens
Publication
Cambridge : 2016
ISSN
1361-4916 [print]
1474-0044 [online]
Volume/pages
20:1(2016), p. 1-22
ISI
000370279800001
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