Professor Horrell's research interests are labour market participation, household structure, standards of living and expenditure in the British industrial revolution and late-nineteenth century, with particular interest in women and children’s work and welfare; family labour market work and wages in Britain in the long run, 1280-1860.
Her current projects include women and children’s work and wages and family living standards in Britain, 1280-1860.
- EH209 The Family Economy in History
- EH402 Research design and quantitative methods in economic history
‘Beyond the male breadwinner: life-cycle living standards of intact and disrupted English working families, 1260-1850’, Sara Horrell, Jane Humphries and Jacob Weisdorf, Economic History Review, 2022, vol.75, pp.530-60
‘Malthus’s Missing Women and Children: Demography and wages in historical perspective, England 1280-1850’, Sara Horrell, Jane Humphries and Jacob Weisdorf, European Economic Review, 2020 vol.129
‘Family standards of living over the long run, England 1280-1850’, Sara Horrell, Jane Humphries and Jacob Weisdorf, Past & Present 2021, vol.250, pp.87-124
“Children’s work and wages in Britain, 1280-1860”, Explorations in Economic History, 73, 2019, with Jane Humphries
“Gender bias in nineteenth-century England: Evidence from factory children”, Economics and Human Biology, 2016, 22, pp.47-64, with Deborah Oxley.
“Consumption conundrums unravelled”, Economic History Review, 2015, 68, pp.830-57, with Jane Humphries and Ken Sneath.
“Consumption 1700-1870” in Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, vol. I, 1700-1870, (eds.) Roderick Floud, Paul Johnson and Jane Humphries, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp.237-63
“Cupidity and crime: consumption as revealed by insights from the Old Bailey records of thefts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries”, in Large Datasets in Economic History (eds.) Mark Casson and Nigar Hashimzade, Routledge, 2013, pp.246-67
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