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Wages and labor income in history : a survey.

By Leandro Prados de la Escosura and Joan R. Rosés

Abstract

Income distribution has been a main topic in economics since the days of Gregory King and William Petty. In this paper some empirical issues in the study of labor income are surveyed in the light of economic history, including the hypothesis of the stability of factor shares across time and space and the relative importance of raw labor and human capital in labor income.

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