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|Title:||Alfred Marshall and the Labour Commission|
|Publisher:||Department of Economics|
|Abstract:||1992 is one of the centenary years of Alfred Marshall's work on the Royal Commission on Labour, which enquired into labour relations, combinations of employers and employees and conditions of labour. Although Marshall contributed substantially to its Final Report - according to Mary Paley "the parts dealing with Trade Unions, Minimum Wage, and irregularity of employment" - his extensive involvement to this mammoth inquiry (it produced 49 volumes) has been infrequently recognised. In his memoir, Keynes, mentioned it briefly as an "interruption" to Marshall's more academic writing. Petridis does not mention it in his classical discussion of Marshall on trade unions. To commemorate this Marshall Centenary (and the sesquicentenary of his birth) this paper fills this gap in the Marshall literature. After briefly examining background to the Commission, the paper investigates the salient features of Marshall's contributions to its work. These include an evaluation not only of his contributions to the Final Report, but of his performance as interrogator and more generally to assess the accuracy of his expost (1919) reflection that his "service on the Royal Commission on Labour" was the period when he received "the most valuable education" of his life "from working men and other witnesses, and from members of the Commission".|
|Appears in Collections:||Working Papers - Economics|
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