Precocious Albion: a new interpretation of the British industrial revolution

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Title: Precocious Albion: a new interpretation of the British industrial revolution
Authors: Kelly, Morgan
Mokyr, Joel
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 revolutionHuman capitolEconomic 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Status of Item: Not peer reviewed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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