Title
Economic inequality and growth before the industrial revolution : the case of the Low Countries (fourteenth to nineteenth centuries) Economic inequality and growth before the industrial revolution : the case of the Low Countries (fourteenth to nineteenth centuries)
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge ,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Source (journal)
European review of economic history. - Cambridge, 1996, currens
Volume/pages
20(2016) :1 , p. 1-22
ISSN
1361-4916
ISI
000370279800001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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.
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