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Title: Early Portuguese data for wage developments in India : Kannur (Cananor), 1516-1517
Other Titles: Donnes portugais pour l’evolution des salaires en Inde : Cannanore, 1516-1517
Dados portugueses para o estudo dos salários na Índia: Cananor, 1516-1517
Authors: Matos, P. T. De
Lucassen, J.
Keywords: Real wages
Standard of living
Great divergence
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Abstract: This essay discusses new evidence for wage developments in Western India from c. 1300 to 1600. By introducing wage and price data for Kannur (Cananor in Portuguese and British sources) for the years 1516-1517 we contribute to a larger discussion about standards of living in South Asia. These figures from unpublished Portuguese archival sources are compared to Indian ones for the early fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries (no other being available so far). We conclude that the overall purchasing power of wage earners in Kannur in 1516-1517 was not substantially lower than in Delhi 1311. This suggests that real wages remained stable at a low level in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, then rose during the sixteenth century to an all-time high around 1600, before dropping again (if expressed in grain), though never returning to the low levels of 1300-1500.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.4000/lerhistoria.5640
ISSN: 0870-6182
Appears in Collections:CIES-RN - Artigos em revistas científicas nacionais com arbitragem científica

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