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Technical Choice Innovation and Economic Growth
Essays on American and British Experience in the Nineteenth Century

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  • Date Published: February 1975
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521098755

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  • This book deals with technological innovations of the nineteenth century. In a number of self-contained but related essays it treats the salient aspects of technological change that have interested modern economists and economic historians, as well as historians of technology: economically induced invention and innovation, learning by doing in industrial operations, the diffusion of new production techniques, and the bearing of these upon the growth of a society's productivity. The studies are detailed, in the sense that they focus not upon the economy as a whole, but rather upon the experiences of specific industries, branches of manufacturing, and individual productive units such as the mid-Victorial grain farm and the New England cotton textile mill. They attempt to integrate traditional historical methods and materials with a more explicit reliance on economic theorizing and applications of statistical analysis to test hypotheses.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1975
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521098755
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: technology, history and growth
    Part I. Concepts and Preconceptions:
    1. Labor scarcity and the problem of technological practice and progress in nineteenth-century America
    Part II. Generation:
    2. Learning by doing and tariff protection: a reconsideration of the case of the ante-bellum United States cotton textile industry
    Addendum: estimated rates of labor equality change
    3. The 'Horndal effect' in Lowell, 1834–56: a short-run learning curve for integrated cotton textile mills
    Part III. Diffusion:
    4. The mechanization of reaping in the ante-bellum Midwest
    Addendum: threshold farm size
    5. The landscape and the machine: technical interrelatedness, land tenure and the mechanization of the corn harvest in Victorian Britain
    Appendix A: technical notes
    Appendix B: source of the parameters and variables
    Part IV. Ramifications:
    6. Transport innovations and economic growth: Professor Fogel on and off the rails

  • Author

    Paul A. David

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