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Living Standards in the PastNew Perspectives on Well-Being in Asia and Europe$
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Robert C. Allen, Tommy Bengtsson, and Martin Dribe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199280681.001.0001

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What Happened to the Standard of Living Before the Industrial Revolution? New Evidence from the Western Part of the Netherlands

What Happened to the Standard of Living Before the Industrial Revolution? New Evidence from the Western Part of the Netherlands

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(p.173) 7 What Happened to the Standard of Living Before the Industrial Revolution? New Evidence from the Western Part of the Netherlands
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Living Standards in the Past
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Jan Luiten van Zanden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199280681.003.0008

Presents improved estimates of the cost of living and the real wages of labourers in the western part of the Netherlands. The results show that even in this relatively dynamic economy there was a decline in real wages during the Early Modern Period.

Keywords:   consumer price index, Early Modern Period, economic growth, real wages, standard of living, the Netherlands

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