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Precocious Albion: a new interpretation of the British industrial revolution
Kelly, Morgan; Mokyr, Joel; Ó Gráda, Cormac
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 Not applicable 2014-09-18 JG: Record recreated after damaged text_value
Keyword(s): Industrial revolution; Human capitol; Economic growth
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Type: Working paper
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Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): University College Dublin. School of Economics
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