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April 2011The Rate and Direction of Invention in the British Industrial Revolution: Incentives and Institutions
with Ralf Meisenzahl: w16993
During the Industrial Revolution technological progress and innovation became the main drivers of economic growth. But why was Britain the technological leader? We argue that one hitherto little recognized British advantage was the supply of highly skilled, mechanically able craftsmen who were able to adapt, implement, improve, and tweak new technologies and who provided the micro inventions necessary to make macro inventions highly productive and remunerative. Using a sample of 759 of these mechanics and engineers, we study the incentives and institutions that facilitated the high rate of inventive activity during the Industrial Revolution. First, apprenticeship was the dominant form of skill formation. Formal education played only a minor role. Second, many skilled workmen relied on secr...

Published: The Rate and Direction of Invention in the British Industrial Revolution: Incentives and Institutions, Ralf R. Meisenzahl, Joel Mokyr. in The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Revisited, Lerner and Stern. 2012

The Rate and Direction of Invention in the British Industrial Revolution: Incentives and Institutions
with Ralf R. Meisenzahl
in The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Revisited, Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors
November 2008Ken Sokoloff and the Economic History of Technology: An Appreciation
in Understanding Long-Run Economic Growth: Geography, Institutions, and the Knowledge Economy, Dora L. Costa and Naomi R. Lamoreaux, editors
January 1996Science, Health, and Household Technology: The Effect of the Pasteur Revolution on Consumer Demand
with Rebecca Stein
in The Economics of New Goods, Timothy F. Bresnahan and Robert J. Gordon, editors

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