Infant Industry Protection and the Growth of Canada's Cotton Mills: A Test of the Chang Hypothesis
AbstractI argue that the 19th century Canadian cotton textile industry was an extremely successful infant industry. Judging the industry’s performance by seven widely-employed measures of success – growth in output, contemporary opinion, size, the use of the most modern machinery, exports, and relative total factor productivity – it is shown that the growth of Canada’s cotton mills provides strong support for Chang’s provocative hypothesis that infant industry protection was the way the rich countries of today grew rich in the nineteenth century.
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Infant Industry Protection; Total Factor Productivity; Cotton Textiles;
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- D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
- L67 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Other Consumer Nondurables
- N60 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - General, International, or Comparative
- N61 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
- O14 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
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- NEP-ALL-2012-07-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2012-07-29 (Business Economics)
- NEP-HIS-2012-07-29 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
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