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The Productivity Race : British Manufacturing in International Perspective, 1850-1990 - Steve N. Broadberry

The Productivity Race

British Manufacturing in International Perspective, 1850-1990

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Published: 28th September 1997
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This book is a reassessment of British performance in manufacturing since 1850 in the light of new evidence on international comparisons of productivity. Using a novel analytical framework of technological evolution, Stephen Broadberry uncovers new ways of looking at Britain's relative economic decline while debunking a number of misapprehensions regarding the nature and causes of the decline. It analyses productivity levels in Britain, the United States and Germany and provides detailed case studies of all the major manufacturing industries, broken down into three periods: 1850-1914, 1914-50 and 1950-90. Broadberry offers a wide coverage of industries, with invaluable country-specific information. By combining a multitude of detailed productivity measurements with qualitative industrial and business history, he provides a major contribution to our understanding of British economic performance over the last 150 years.

'This book ... should be a major souce of reference for researchers.' S. Srinivasan, University of Southampton

Acknowledgements
Introduction and overview
Measuring Comparative Productivity Performance
International comparisons of productivity in manufacturing: benchmark estimates by industry
Labour productivity in aggregate manufacturing: Britain, the United States and Germany
Extending the picture: manufacturing productivity in other industrialised countries
Manufacturing and the whole economy
Explaining Comparative Productivity Performance
Technology
Economic geography: markets and natural resources
Accumulation of physical and human capital
Competition and adjustment
Reassessing the Performance of British Industry
The rise of competition from abroad, 1850-1914
War and depression, 1914-1950
Changing markets and technology, 1950-1990
Concluding comments
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521584401
ISBN-10: 052158440X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 478
Published: 28th September 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.87