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- DescriptionA major study of the role of women in the labour market of Industrial Revolution Britain. It is well kwn that men and women usually worked in different occupations, and that women earned lower wages than men. These differences are usually attributed to custom but Joyce Burnette here demonstrates instead that gender differences in occupations and wages were instead largely driven by market forces. Her findings reveal that rather than harming women competition actually helped them by eroding the power that male workers needed to restrict female employment and minimising the gender wage gap by sorting women into the least strength-intensive occupations. Where the strength requirements of an occupation made women less productive than men, occupational segregation maximised both ecomic efficiency and female incomes. She shows that women's wages were then market wages rather than customary and the gender wage gap resulted from actual differences in productivity.
- Author BiographyJoyce Burnette is Daniel F. Evans Associate Professor of Economics at Wabash College, Indiana.
- PrizesJoint winner for Economic History Society First Monograph Prize 2010.
- Author(s)Joyce Burnette
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication17/04/2008
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Economic History: Second Series
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note58 tables
- Weight740 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine25 mm
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