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Favorites of fortune : technology, growth and economic development since the industrial revolution

Author: Patrice Higonnet
Publisher: Cambridge Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [2nd printing]View all editions and formats
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In this text, economists and historians pit economic history against the assumptions of the classic economic theory of natural growth. Their explanations consider the factors of technology,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: études diverses
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrice Higonnet
ISBN: 0674295218 9780674295216 067429520X 9780674295209
OCLC Number: 717240135
Description: VIII, 558 p. ; 24 cm
Contents: PaRT 1 Technology: the conquest of high mortality and hunger in Europe and America - timing and mechanisms, Robert W. Fogel; the hero and the herd in technological history - reflections on Thomas Edison and the battle of the systems, Paul A. David; the "Docile" body as an economic-industrial growth factor, Rudolf Braun; the choice of technique - entrepreneurial decisions in the 19th century European cotton and steel industries, Wolfram Fischer; the city and technological innovation, Paul Bairoch; dear labour, cheap labour and the industrial revolution, Joel Mokyr. Part 2 Entrepreneurialism: entrepreneurship, total factor productivity, and economic efficiency - Landes, Solow and Farrell 30 years later, Robert C. Allen; the Huguenots and the English financial revolution, Francois Crouzer; what happened to the theory of economic development?, William Lazonick; public sector entrepreneurship, Jonathan Hughes; employment strategies and production structures in the Swiss watchmaking industry, Francois Jequier; entrepreneurs and managers, Peter Temin. Part 3 Paths of economic growth: did England's cities grow too fast during the Industrial Revolution?, Jeffrey G. Williamson; technology and the economic theorist - past, present and future, W.W. Rostow; creating competitive capability - innovation and investment in the United States, Great Britain, and Germany from the 1870s to World War I, Alfred D. Chandler; benefits and costs of late development, Anne O. Krueger; Prometheus unbound and developing countries, Irma Adelman; marriage bars - discrimination against married women workers from the 1920s to the 1950s, Claudia Goldin.
Responsibility: ed. by Patrice Higonnet, David S. Landes, Henry Rosovsky.

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