Working with historical statistics on poverty and economic distress

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    Abstract

    The paper presents long-run time series for unemployment and poor law claimants from 1850 to 1996, and then discusses the relationship between unemployment rates and rates of poor law claims firstly in the late nineteenth century and then in the inter-war period, arguing that the data can only be understood relative to both changing government policies and the changing nature of employment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStatistics in society: the arithmetic of politics
    EditorsD. Dorling, S. Simpson
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherArnold
    Pages350-358
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)034071994X
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

    Publication series

    NameArnold applications of statistics series
    PublisherArnold

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