The Impact of the 1896 Factory and Shops Act on the Labor Market of Victoria, Australia. / Seltzer, Andrew; Borland, Jeff.

In: Journal of Economic History, Vol. 78, No. 3, 09.2018, p. 785-821.

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The Impact of the 1896 Factory and Shops Act on the Labor Market of Victoria, Australia. / Seltzer, Andrew; Borland, Jeff.

In: Journal of Economic History, Vol. 78, No. 3, 09.2018, p. 785-821.

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