Per capita income
Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on November 05, 1997 at 17:03:26:
In response to I'm game, written by Rachel on November 03, 1997 at 16:37:52
] ] Incidentally, Braudel gives the per capita income at this time as between 15 and 17 pounds. If anyone is interested, I'll try to copy out some of his discussion. It's from his 3 volume set on the rise of capitalism.
] Yes, do good Snarkhunter. I would like to hear more about this, because I don't know if it's just me, but this sounds like an awfully small number.
Actually, it's not really that low, because the cottagers, unskilled labourers, and humble workmen often made about £40 per year per family, or even slightly less (depending on exact location, situation, occupation, etc.), and they were the majority of the population. And of course the average calculated on a per capita basis will be less than on a per-family basis.
I have a detailed table of estimated incomes and population for 1801-1803 that I keep putting off inputing and converting to HTML, but you can see a simplified and less detailed version of this table near the end of http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/pre-faq.txt .
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