What is it about?

This paper uses the wage data from a single employer in Melbourne Australia to demonstrate how typical aggregated wage series may tell far to simple a story about the complexity of the employment experience of several different groups of workers, including women and younger workers.

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Why is it important?

The paper is important as it gives a much more fine-grained and historically-informed account of working life and economic conditions during these early decades of industrialisation in Australia.

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This page is a summary of: Work and Wages at a Melbourne Factory, the Guest Biscuit Works 1870-1921, Australian Economic History Review, March 2013, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/aehr.12003.
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