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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: Industrial composition, methods of compensation, and real earnings in the Great Depression
Author(s): Hart, Robert A
Roberts, J Elizabeth
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Citation: Hart RA & Roberts JE (2013) Industrial composition, methods of compensation, and real earnings in the Great Depression. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2013-03.
Keywords: Industrial composition
real earnings
the Great Depression
JEL Code(s): E32: Business Fluctuations; Cycles
J31: Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
J33: Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
N64: Economic History: Manufacturing and Construction: Europe: 1913-
Issue Date: 28-Feb-2013
Date Deposited: 13-Feb-2013
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2013-03
Abstract: In an extension of an earlier paper (Hart and Roberts, 2012), we investigate the pay and working time of blue-collar timeworkers and pieceworkers during the Great Depression within British engineering firms. We compare and contrast southern/midland engineering districts of Britain with northern districts. The south/midlands region was dominated by piece-rated workers and by modern sections of the industry, such as vehicle and aircraft manufacture. Time-rated work predominated in northern districts where older sections – for example, marine and textile engineering – were clustered. These contrasting industrial compositions and associated payment methods offer further insights into manufacturing real earnings responses to the Great Depression.
Type: Working Paper
Affiliation: Economics

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