Returning to an old debate: the standard of living of the British working class during the Industrial Revolution

Authors

  • Antonio Escudero Universidad de Alicante

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v0i21.19397

Keywords:

Standard of Living, Industrial Revolution, Great Britain, Welfare Indicators

Abstract

This paper reviews the old debate about the standard of living of the British working class during the Industrial Revolution. It starts by analyzing the measurement problem and then explains the reasons for the old and long permanence of the controversy. The article summarizes the results of the latest contributions about the monetary and non-monetary elements of the workers’ standard of living as well as the conclusions aroused by anthropometry.

Published

2017-07-13

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Section

Articles