Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development

Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development

By: John V. C. Nye (editor), Lynne Kiesling (editor), Avner Greif (editor)Hardback

Up to 2 WeeksUsually despatched within 2 weeks

£26.65 RRP £41.00  You save £14.35 (35%) With FREE Saver Delivery


This book brings together a group of leading economic historians to examine how institutions, innovation, and industrialization have determined the development of nations. Presented in honor of Joel Mokyr--arguably the preeminent economic historian of his generation--these wide-ranging essays address a host of core economic questions. What are the origins of markets? How do governments shape our economic fortunes? What role has entrepreneurship played in the rise and success of capitalism? Tackling these and other issues, the book looks at coercion and exchange in the markets of twelfth-century China, sovereign debt in the age of Philip II of Spain, the regulation of child labor in nineteenth-century Europe, meat provisioning in pre-Civil War New York, aircraft manufacturing before World War I, and more. The book also features an essay that surveys Mokyr's important contributions to the field of economic history, and an essay by Mokyr himself on the origins of the Industrial Revolution. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Gergely Baics, Hoyt Bleakley, Fabio Braggion, Joyce Burnette, Louis Cain, Mauricio Drelichman, Narly Dwarkasing, Joseph Ferrie, Noel Johnson, Eric Jones, Mark Koyama, Ralf Meisenzahl, Peter Meyer, Joel Mokyr, Lyndon Moore, Cormac O Grada, Rick Szostak, Carolyn Tuttle, Karine van der Beek, Hans-Joachim Voth, and Simone Wegge.

About Author

Avner Greif is the Bowman Family Endowed Professor in Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. Lynne Kiesling is associate professor of instruction in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University. John V. C. Nye holds the Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy at the Mercatus Center and is professor of economics at George Mason University.


Introduction 1 The Enlightened Economist Avner Greif, Lynne Kiesling, & John V. C. Nye (Editors) 1Neither Feast nor Famine 7 England before the Industrial Revolution Cormac O'Grada 2Progress, Useful Knowledge , and the Origins of the Industrial Revolution 33 Joel Mokyr I Institutions 3Coercion and Exchange 71 How Did Markets Evolve? Avner Greif 4Meat Consumption in Nineteenth-Century New York 97 Quantity, Distribution, and Quality, or Notes on the "Antebellum Puzzle" Gergely Baics 5Funding Empire 129 Risk, Diversification, and the Underwriting of Early Modern Sovereign Loans Mauricio Drelichman and Hans-Joachim Voth 6Establishing a New Order 149 The Growth of the State and the Decline of Witch Trials in France Noel D. Johnson, Mark Koyama, and John V. C. Nye II Innovation 7Increasing Market Concentration in British Banking, 1885 to 1925 179 Fabio Braggion, Narly R.D. Dwarkasing, and Lyndon Moore 8The Catapult of Riches 201 The Airplane as a Creative Macroinvention Peter B. Meyer 9England's Eighteenth-Century Demand for High-Quality Workmanship 225 Evidence from Apprenticeship, 1710-1770 Karine van der Beek 10A Growth Agenda for Economic History 245 Rick Szostak III The Industrial Revolution 11Amidst Poverty and Prejudice 277 Black and Irish Civil War Veterans Hoyt Bleakley, Louis Cain, and Joseph Ferrie 12How Britain Lost Its Competitive Edge 307 Competence in the Second Industrial Revolution Ralf R. Meisenzahl 13Regulating Child Labor 337 The European Experience Carolyn Tuttle and Simone A. Wegge 14Decomposing the Wage Gap 379 Within- and Between-Occupation Gender Wage Gaps at a Nineteenth-Century Textile Firm Joyce Burnette 15The Context of English Industrialization 397 Eric Jones Contributors 411 Index 417

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780691157344
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 440
  • ID: 9780691157344
  • weight: 709
  • ISBN10: 0691157340
  • translations: English
  • language of text: English

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly