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Technical Choice Innovation and Economic Growth : Essays on American and British Experience in the Nineteenth Century - Paul A. David

Technical Choice Innovation and Economic Growth

Essays on American and British Experience in the Nineteenth Century

Paperback Published: 14th July 1975
ISBN: 9780521098755
Number Of Pages: 348

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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.

Introduction: Technology, history and growth
Concepts and Preconceptions
Labor scarcity and the problem of technological practice and progress in nineteenth-century America
Learning by doing and tariff protection: a reconsideration of the case of the ante-bellum United States cotton textile industry
The 'Horndal effect' in Lowell, 1834-56: a short-run learning curve for integrated cotton textile mills
The mechanization of reaping in the ante-bellum Midwest
The landscape and the machine: technical interrelatedness, land tenure and the mechanization of the corn harvest in Victorian Britain
Transport innovations and economic growth: Professor Fogel on and off the rails
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ISBN: 9780521098755
ISBN-10: 0521098750
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 14th July 1975
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.51