Joyce Burnette
John H. Schroeder Interdisciplinary Chair in Economics
Wabash College
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Office Address:

Department of Economics
Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
(765) 361-6073


Vita Burnette

Working Papers

"Why We Should not Try to Measure Female Labor Force Participation Before the Twentieth Century" BurnetteLFP.pdf

"Gender Differences in Absenteeism in Nineteenth-Century US Manufacturing" Absenteeism.pdf

with Maria Stanfors "Understanding the Gender Gap among Turn-of-the-Century Swedish Compositors" GenderGap.pdf

with Maria Stanfors "Is It Who You Are, Where You Work, or With Whom You Work that Matters for Earnings?"


Gender, Work and Wages in Industrial Revolution Britain, Cambridge University Press, 2008
Winner of the Economic History Society's First Monograph Prize
Go to Cambridge University Press

Tim Hatton
Amy M. Froide, Claudia Goldin, Jane Humphries, and Pamela Sharpe, Social Science History, Winter 2009, 33:459-504

Published Papers

"Gender in Economics History" in Claude Diebolt and Mike Haupert, Handbook of Cliometrics, vol. 2, Springer, 2019.

"Seasonal Patterns of Agricultural Day-Labour at Eight English Farms, 1835-1844," in John Hatcher and Judy Stephenson, eds., Seven Centuries of Unreal Wages, Palgrame, 2018.

“The Paradox of Progress: The Emergence of Wage Discrimination in US Manufacturing,” European Review of Economic History, 2015, 19:128-148.

with Maria Stanfors, “Estimating Historical Wage Profiles,” Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 2015, 48:35–51.

"Agriculture, 1700-1870, in Roderick Floud, Paul Johnson, and Jane Humphries, eds., The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
“Decomposing the Wage Gap: Within- and Between-Occupation Gender Wage Gaps at a Nineteenth-Century Textile Firm,” in Avner Greif, Lynne Kiesling, and John V. C. Nye, eds., Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development, Princeton Univ. Press, 2014.

"The Seasonality of English Agricultural Employment: Evidence from Farm Accounts, 1740-1850," in Richard Hoyle, ed., The Farmer in England, 1650-1980, Ashgate: 2013.

"The Changing Economic Roles of Women," in Robert Whaples and Randall E. Parker, eds., Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History, Routledge, 2013, pp. 306–315.

with Maria Stanfors, "Was there a Family Gap in Late Nineteenth-Century Manufacturing? Evidence from Sweden," The History of the Family, 2012, 17:51-76.

"Child Day-Labourers in Agriculture: Evidence from Farm Accounts, 1740-1850" Economic History Review, 2012, 65:1077-99.

“Married with Children: The Family Status of Female Agricultural Labourers at Two Southwestern Farms in the 1830s and 1840s,” Agricultural History Review, 2007, 55:75–94.

“ How Skilled Were Agricultural Labourers in the Early Nineteenth Century?” Economic History Review, 2006, LIX:688-716.

"The Wages and Employment of Female Day-labourers in English Agriculture, 1740-1850" Economic History Review, LVII(Nov. 2004):664-690

“Labourers at the Oakes: Changes in the Demand for Female Day-Laborers at a Farm near Sheffield During the Agricultural Revolution,” Journal of Economic History, 59 (March 1999):41-67

“An Investigation of the Male-Female Wage Gap in Industrial Revolution Britain,” Economic History Review, L (May 1997):257-281

“Testing for Occupational Crowding in Eighteenth-Century British Agriculture,” Explorations in Economic History, 33 (July 1996):319-345

Links to Web Publications Encyclopedia, "Women Workers - British Industrial Revolution"

Data Page

This page contains data on the wages and employment of male and female day laborers at English Farms, 1740-1850.

Course Material

Data Assignments for Courses

Course Syllabi

Labor Economics Spring 2017

Game Theory Spring 2017

The Great Depression Fall 2016

Economic and Political Development Fall 2016

Principles of Economics Spring 2015

Senior Seminar: Labor Market Discrimination Fall 2011