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Title: “Insufficient for the support of a family”: wages on the public works during the Great Irish Famine
Author: McGregor, Pat
Keywords: Economic history
Wages
Public works
Famine
Ireland
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Economic & Social Research Institute
Citation: McGregor, Pat. '“Insufficient for the support of a family”: wages on the public works during the Great Irish Famine'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer/Autumn, 2004, pp. 219–239, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
Abstract: This paper presents a model of the money wage paid on the public works during the Irish Famine. The administrators are assumed to minimise a cost function that includes the divergence from the target as well as the increase compared to the wage that current information is available on. Estimation reveals a lag of four weeks existed between price changes occurring and adjustment to the money wages. Most seriously, the administrators systematically failed to take full account of the extent of price changes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2262/60517
ISSN: 00129984
Appears in Collections:Economic and Social Review Archive: Complete Collection 1969-
The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer/Autumn, 2004

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