Networks In The Premodern Economy: The Market For London Apprenticeships, 1600-1749
This paper examines the importance of social and geographical networks in structuring entry into skilled occupations in premodern London. Using newly digitized records of those beginning an apprenticeship in London between 1600 and 1749, the authors find little evidence that networks strongly shaped apprentice recruitment. The typical London apprentice did not have an identifiable connection to his master in the form of a kin link, shared name, or shared place or county of origin. The majority of migrant apprentices' fathers came from outside of the craft sector.