Historic hours worked

I was pretty sceptical of the end of scarcity meme doing the rounds with FT Alphaville, Rick, John Aziz, and Chris all contributing so I looked up some figures.

Hours worked historically



Now I’m not one to just plot a trend line and follow it… but, if I was I’d say The Dutch only have another two generation of workers left, which is nice.


One thought on “Historic hours worked

  1. As ever, this is not the whole story. For there’s unpaid working hours in household production to consider as well. And they have fallen much, much, more steeply than those paid working hours in the market.

    Back in 1870 running a household was at least one full (and very full at that) person’s labour. Just ain’t so now.

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