Precocious Albion: a new interpretation of the British industrial revolution
|Title:||Precocious Albion: a new interpretation of the British industrial revolution||Authors:||Kelly, Morgan
Ó Gráda, Cormac
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4796||Date:||Sep-2013||Abstract:||Why was Britain the cradle of the Industrial Revolution? Answers vary: some focus on resource endowments, some on institutions, some on the role of empire. In this paper, we argue for the role of labour force quality or human capital. Instead of dwelling on mediocre schooling and literacy rates, we highlight instead the physical condition of the average British worker and his higher endowment of skills. These advantages meant that British workers were more productive and better paid than their Continental counterparts and better equipped to capitalize on the technological opportunities and challenges confronting them. non-peer-reviewed||Funding Details:||Not applicable||Type of material:||Working Paper||Publisher:||University College Dublin. School of Economics||Series/Report no.:||UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP13/11||Keywords:||Industrial revolution; Human capitol; Economic growth||Other versions:||http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/WP13_11.pdf||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers|
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