Book Chapter

Economic inequality in Germany, 1500-1800

  • Ulrich Pfister

The chapter reviews existing evidence regarding four aspects of economic inequality: relative factor rents, which relate to the factorial distribution of income and also underlie the so-called Williamson index (y/wus), which is correlated with the Gini index of household income; real inequality in terms of opposite movements of the price of consumer baskets consumed by different strata of society; the inequality of pay according to gender and skill, as well as between town and countryside; and wealth inequality, particularly with respect to the access to land. The main result is that, with given technology and agrarian institutions, there is a positive correlation between population and inequality.

  • Keywords:
  • economic inequality,
  • economic history,
  • germany,
  • pre-industrial age,
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Ulrich Pfister

University of Münster, Germany

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Chapter Title

Economic inequality in Germany, 1500-1800

Authors

Ulrich Pfister

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10.36253/978-88-5518-053-5.20

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Disuguaglianza economica nelle società preindustriali: cause ed effetti / Economic inequality in pre-industrial societies: causes and effect

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