The Long March of History: Farm Wages, Population, and Economic Growth, England 1209-1869

  title={The Long March of History: Farm Wages, Population, and Economic Growth, England 1209-1869},
  author={Gregory A. Clark},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Economic History Review},
  • G. Clark
  • Published 16 January 2007
  • Economics, History
  • Wiley-Blackwell: Economic History Review
The paper forms three series for English farm workers 1209-1869: nominal day wages, the implied marginal product of a day of farm labour, and the purchasing power of a days? wage in terms of farm workers? consumption. These series suggest that labour productivity in English agriculture was already high in the middle ages. Further they fit well with one method of estimating medieval population which suggests a peak English population circa 1300 of nearly 6 million. Finally they imply that both… 
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