The Economics of the Industrial Revolution

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Joel Mokyr, Professor of Economics and History Joel Mokyr
Government Institutes, 1985 - 267 páginas
In recent years, scholars from a variety of disciplines have addressed many perplexing questions about the Industrial Revolution in all its aspects. Understandably, economics has become the focal point for these efforts as professional economists have sought to resolve some of the controversies surrounding this topic. This collection contains ten of the best articles written by economists on the subject of the Industrial Revolution .... Among the questions discussed are the causes for the pre-eminence of Britain, the roles of the inputs for growth (capital, labor, technical progress), the importance of demand factors, the relation between agricultural progress and the Industrial Revolution, and the standard of living debate. The essays demonstrate that the application of fresh viewpoints to the literature has given us a considerable new body of data at our disposal, making it possible to test commonly held hypotheses. In addition, this new data has enabled economists to apply a more rigorous logic to the thinking about the Industrial Revolution, thus sharpening many issues heretofore blurred by slipshod methodology and internal inconsistencies.-- Back cover.
 

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The Industrial Revolution and the New Economic History
1
The Industrial Revolution 17801860 A Survey
53
The Inputs for Growth
75
Demand vs Supply in the Industrial Revolution
97
Industrial Revolution in England and France Some Thoughts on the Question Why Was England First?
119
Food Supply in the United Kingdom During the Industrial Revolution
137
Income Elasticities of Demand and the Release of Labor by Agriculture During the British Industrial Revolution A Further Appraisal
151
Industrialization and the European Economy
165
English Workers Living Standards During the Industrial Revolution A New Look
177
The Standard of Living Debate and Optimal Economic Growth
207
Literacy and the Industrial Revolution
227
Bibliography
241
Index
260
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