When did Britain Industrialise?” The Sectoral Distribution of the Labour Force and Labour Productivity in Britain, 1381-1851

when 2013
who Steve Broadberry

Bruce Campbell

Bas van Leeuwen

what journal Explorations in Economic History
what paper When did Britain Industrialise?” The Sectoral Distribution of the Labour Force and Labour Productivity in Britain, 1381-1851
language English

involved project member(s)

Bas van Leeuwen
 

abstract

Britain’s labour force industrialised early. The industrial and service sectors already accounted for 40% of the labour force in 1381, and a substantial further shift of labour out of agriculture occurred between 1522 and 1700. From the early seventeenth century rising agricultural labour productivity underpinned steadily increasing employment in industry and services, so that by 1759 agriculture’s share of the labour force had shrunk to 37% and industry’s grown to 34%. Thereafter, industry’s output acceleration during the Industrial Revolution owed more to gains in labour productivity consequent upon mechanisation than the expansion of employment.

keywords

Labour force; Sectoral distribution; Labour productivity; Britain

link to paper page of the journal website

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014498312000496

citation format

MLA Broadberry, Stephen, Bruce MS Campbell, and Bas van Leeuwen. “When did Britain industrialise? The sectoral distribution of the labour force and labour productivity in Britain, 1381–1851.” Explorations in Economic History 50.1 (2013): 16-27.
APA Broadberry, S., Campbell, B. M., & van Leeuwen, B. (2013). When did Britain industrialise? The sectoral distribution of the labour force and labour productivity in Britain, 1381–1851. Explorations in Economic History, 50(1), 16-27.
Chicago Broadberry, Stephen, Bruce MS Campbell, and Bas van Leeuwen. “When did Britain industrialise? The sectoral distribution of the labour force and labour productivity in Britain, 1381–1851.” Explorations in Economic History 50, no. 1 (2013): 16-27.
Harvard Broadberry, S., Campbell, B.M. and van Leeuwen, B., 2013. When did Britain industrialise? The sectoral distribution of the labour force and labour productivity in Britain, 1381–1851. Explorations in Economic History, 50(1), pp.16-27.
Vancouver Broadberry S, Campbell BM, van Leeuwen B. When did Britain industrialise? The sectoral distribution of the labour force and labour productivity in Britain, 1381–1851. Explorations in Economic History. 2013 Jan 31;50(1):16-27.