A Treatise on the Circumstances which Determine the Rate of Wages and the Condition of the Labouring Classes: Including an Inquiry Into the Influence of Combinations

G. Routledge, 1854 - 117 páginas
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Página 46 - The liberal reward of labour," says Adam Smith, " as it encourages the propagation, so it increases the industry, of the common people. The wages of labour are the encouragement of industry, which, like every other human quality, improves in proportion to the encouragement it receives.
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Página 46 - ... receives. A plentiful subsistence increases the bodily strength of the labourer ; and the comfortable hope of bettering his condition, and of ending his days perhaps in ease and plenty, animates him to exert that strength to the utmost. Where wages are high, accordingly, we shall always find the workman more active, diligent, and expeditious, than where they are low ; in England, for example, than in Scotland; in the neighbourhood of great towns than in remote country places.

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