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Record number 495306
Title Labor, wages and living standards in Java, 1680-1914
Author(s) Zwart, P. de; Zanden, J.L. van
Source European Review of Economic History 19 (2015)3. - ISSN 1361-4916 - p. 215 - 234.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ereh/hev007
Department(s) Rural and Environmental History
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Abstract The development of living standards in Java has long been a subject of scholarly interest. A number of scholars have suggested that between 1600 and 1900 Southeast Asian living standards declined significantly. The present article contributes to these issues by calculating long-term real wages for Java between 1680 and 1914, following Allen's subsistence basket methodology. New data on wages and prices were collected from the Dutch East India Company (VOC) archives and connected to data on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The resultant long-term real wage developments show a slightly different picture of Javanese living standards than that which has emerged from the literature to date.
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