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Mokyr, Joel

Works: 104 works in 366 publications in 3 languages and 10,952 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Other
Classifications: HC79.T4, 338.064
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Most widely held works by Joel Mokyr
The lever of riches : technological creativity and economic progress by Joel Mokyr( Book )
30 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and Spanish and held by 1,806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why are some nations more technically creative than others and why do some highly innovative societies eventually stagnate? In this study of the value and meaning of technological advance, Joel Mokyr considers how past physical and social conditions have influenced the development and reception of new ideas, and shows how these trends can guide future industrial strategies at a time when more countries than ever before are competing for the rewards of technical ingenuity
The gifts of Athena : historical origins of the knowledge economy by Joel Mokyr( Book )
23 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The growth of technological and scientific knowledge in the past two centuries has been the overriding dynamic element in the economic and social history of the world. Its result is now often called the knowledge economy. But what are the historical origins of this revolution and what have been its mechanisms? In The Gifts of Athena, Joel Mokyr constructs an original framework to analyze the concept of "useful" knowledge. He argues that the growth explosion in the modern West in the past two centuries was driven not just by the appearance of new technological ideas but also by the improved access to these ideas in society at large - as made possible by social networks comprising universities, publishers, professional sciences, and kindred institutions. Through a wealth of historical evidence set in clear and lively prose, he shows that changes in the intellectual and social environment and the institutional background in which knowledge was generated and disseminated brought about the Industrial Revolution, followed by sustained economic growth and continuing technological change." "Mokyr draws a link between intellectual forces such as the European enlightenment and subsequent economic changes of the nineteenth century, and follows their development into the twentieth century. He further explores some of the key implications of the knowledge revolution. Among these is the rise and fall of the "factory system" as an organizing principle of modern economic organization. He analyzes the impact of this revolution on information technology and communications as well as on the public's state of health and the structure of households. By examining the social and political roots of resistance to new knowledge, Mokyr also links growth in knowledge to political economy and connects the economic history of technology to the New Institutional Economics. The Gifts of Athena provides crucial insights into a matter of fundamental concern to a range of disciplines including economics, economic history, political economy, the history of technology, and the history of science."--Jacket
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history ( Book )
25 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"While many dictionaries of economics are available for purchase, this title is unique because of its greater depth of treatment. It offers histories and backgrounds on a significant number of economic topics, not only for the United States but also for other countries and geographic regions. Entries cover such topics as economic concepts; markets and industries; economic development in various countries; biographical essays on key people in economics and business; business products, including coffee, gas, and oil; and the economic aspects of historical events and time periods, including the Great Depression."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004
The birth of modern Europe culture and economy, 1400-1800 : essays in honor of Jan de Vries by J Mokyr( )
9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It seems undeniable that Jan de Vries has cast an indelible impression upon the field of early modern economic history. With his rejection of traditional models that left pre-industrial Europe with little to no role to play in modern development, de Vries work has laid claim to the rich significance of the early modern period as the birth of the contemporary West. Culminating in 'The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy 1650 to the Present' (2008), his work has changed the way scholars conceptualize and study this dynamic period, as the contributors in this volume attest. Utilizing the methods and concepts pioneered by de Vries, these authors display the depth and breadth of his influence, with applications ranging from trade to architecture, from the Netherlands to China, and from the 1400s to the present day."--EBL book details
The British industrial revolution : an economic perspective by Joel Mokyr( Book )
21 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Industrial Revolution remains a defining moment in the economic history of the modern world. But what kind and how much of a revolution was it? And what kind of "moment" could it have been? These are just some of the larger questions among the many that economic historians continue to debate. Addressing the various interpretations and assumptions that have been attached to the concept of the Industrial Revolution, Joel Mokyr and his four distinguished contributors present and defend their views on essential aspects of the Industrial Revolution."--Jacket
The Economics of the Industrial Revolution ( Book )
22 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why Ireland starved : a quantitative and analytical history of the Irish economy, 1800-1850 by Joel Mokyr( Book )
22 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Technical changes in the first half of the nineteenth century led to unprecedented economic growth and capital formation throughout Western Europe; and yet Ireland hardly participated in this process at all. While the Northern Atlantic Economy prospered, the Great Irish Famine of 1845-50 killed a million and a half people and caused hundreds of thousands to flee the country. Why the Irish economy failed to grow, and 'why Ireland starved' remains an unresolved riddle of economic history. Professor Mokyr maintains that the 'Hungry Forties' were caused by the overall underdevelopment of
The invention of enterprise : entrepreneurship from ancient Mesopotamia to modern times by David S Landes( Book )
18 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This work provides a sweeping history of enterprise in Mesopotamia and Neo-Babylon; carries the reader through the Islamic Middle East; offers insights into the entrepreneurial history of China, Japan, and colonial India; and describes the crucial role of the entrepreneur in innovation activity in the Western world
The enlightened economy : an economic history of Britain, 1700-1850 by Joel Mokyr( Book )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book focuses on the importance of ideological and institutional factors in the rapid development of the British economy during the years between the Glorious Revolution and the Crystal Palace Exhibition. Joel Mokyr shows that we cannot understand the Industrial Revolution without recognizing the importance of the intellectual sea changes of Britain's Age of Enlightenment. In a vigorous discussion, Mokyr goes beyond the standard explanations that credit geographical factors, the role of markets, politics, and society to show that the beginnings of modern economic growth in Britain depended a great deal on what key players knew and believed, and how those beliefs affected their economic behavior. He argues that Britain led the rest of Europe into the Industrial Revolution because it was there that the optimal intersection of ideas, culture, institutions, and technology existed to make rapid economic growth achievable. His wide-ranging evidence covers sectors of the British economy often neglected, such as the service industries." -- Description de l'éditeur
Industrialization in the Low Countries, 1795-1850 by Joel Mokyr( Book )
8 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twenty five centuries of technological change : an historical survey by Joel Mokyr( Book )
14 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company
The Vital one : essays in honor of Jonathan R.T. Hughes ( Book )
8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history ( )
in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"International in scope and spanning all time periods of human history, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History includes 900 original articles by noted scholars from more than thirty-five countries. Articles range from 500-word entries on inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders to overarching, 8,000-word essays on markets, industries, and labor. With coverage ranging from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos, this landmark works stands at the busy intersection of history and the social sciences."--Home p
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history ( Book )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history ( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is difficult to understand history or the conditions of modern society without a strong grasp of the economic past. Time and again, historic change is wrought by an underlying economic dynamic. For instance: what were the economic roots of modern industrialism?; were resource scarcities a positive element in stimulating technological change through the ages?; why were the Malthusian predictions of overpopulation and starvation in the early 19th century confounded?; were labour unions ever effective in raising workers' living standards?; did high levels of taxation in the past normally lead to economic decline?; what were the roots of economic imperialism and what effect did it have on today's underdeveloped world?; and what were the effects of the poor law reforms in Britain in the 1830s?
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history ( Book )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history ( Book )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history ( Book )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rate and direction of invention in the British industrial revolution incentives and institutions by Ralf Meisenzahl( )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 secrecy and first-mover advantages to reap the benefits of their innovations. Over 40 percent of the sample here never took out a patent. Third, skilled workmen in Britain often published their work and engaged in debates over contemporary technological and social questions. In short, they were affected by the Enlightenment culture. Finally, patterns differ for the textile sector; therefore, any inferences from textiles about the whole economy are likely to be misleading
Leggere la rivoluzione industriale : un bilancio storiografico by Joel Mokyr( Book )
4 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in Italian and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In questo libro vengono messe a confronto le varie correnti storiografiche che si confrontano attualmente sul tema della rivoluzione industriale inglese. E' quindi un complemento per la conoscenza non solo della rivoluzione industriale, ma anche delle problematiche metodologiche che è necessario affrontare nello studio di questo periodo storico
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Mokyr, J. 1946-
Mokyr, Joel
English (239)
Italian (4)
Spanish (2)