Did the UK 19th Century Factory Acts have economic benefits
September 9, 2012 6:25 PM Subscribe
Looking to substantiate claims that introducing the 5½ day working week in the 19th century UK (the 1950 Factories Act) had the consequence of improving the economy, because those workers that had previously been working 7 day weeks could now go out and spend their (no doubt insubstantial) earnings.
posted by NailsTheCat to society & culture (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I listened to a BBC Radio 4 documentary a while ago which discussed the reform of 19th century labour laws. Basically the various factory acts
. I am sure that it mentioned bringing the workers' earnings back into the economy as either an intended or unintended consequence, and that this was therefore of benefit to the overall economy.
I was discussing this today and wanted to make sure I had recollected correctly, yet I can find nothing online to corroborate this. I can't remember which specific Radio 4 show this was. (I don't think it was In Our Time or Thinking Allowed--likely just a one-off special.)