The Location of the UK Cotton Textiles Industry in 1838: a Quantitative Analysis
AbstractWe examine the geography of cotton textiles in Britain in 1838 to test claims about why the industry came to be so heavily concentrated in Lancashire. Our analysis considers both first and second nature aspects of geography including the availability of water power, humidity, coal prices, market access and sunk costs. We show that some of these characteristics have substantial explanatory power. Moreover, we exploit the change from water to steam power to show that the persistent effect of first nature characteristics on industry location can be explained by a combination of sunk costs and agglomeration effects.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by European Historical Economics Society (EHES) in its series Working Papers with number 0045.
Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2013
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agglomeration; cotton textiles; geography; industry location;
Other versions of this item:
- Crafts, Nicholas & Wolf, Nikolaus, 2013. "The Location of the UK Cotton Textiles Industry in 1838: a Quantitative Analysis," CEPR Discussion Papers 9626, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- N63 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Europe: Pre-1913
- N93 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: Pre-1913
- R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-09-26 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2013-09-26 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-GEO-2013-09-26 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-HIS-2013-09-26 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-HME-2013-09-26 (Heterodox Microeconomics)
- NEP-IND-2013-09-26 (Industrial Organization)
- NEP-URE-2013-09-26 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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