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People Professor Jane Humphries

Lead Researcher, Oxford Martin Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition

Jane Humphries

Emeritus Professor of Economic History

Jane Humphries is Emeritus  Professor of Economic History and Fellow of All Souls College at the University of Oxford . 

Her interests include labour markets, industrialization and the links between the family and the economy. She has published extensively on gender, the family and the history of women's work, and is also interested in the causes and consequences of economic growth and structural change. Her 2010 book, Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution drew on a large number of autobiographies by working men and used an innovative quantitative and qualitative  methodology to illuminate aspects of children's lives which are inaccessible on the basis of 
more conventional sources. The sources were also used to quantify the formation of human capital and children's economic contributions during industrial transformation using a model of a labour market with child labour.  The monograph was awarded the Gyorgi Ranki Prize for an outstanding book in European Economic History by the Economic History Association in 2011 and provided the basis for a 
successful BBC4 documentary, The Children Who Built Victorian Britain,  which she co-wrote and presented. 

Jane Humphries has recently been involved in several projects on wages and the length of the working year during long run economic growth.  Findings from these projects are available in recent publications in the Journal of Economic History, the Economic History Review and the Oxford Economic and Social History Discussion paper series.