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La adaptación tecnológica como factor de localización industrial. Una revisión de las investigaciones sobre la industria de hilados de algodón en Cataluña (1772-1885)


  • Olivier Raveux

    () (CNRS, UMR TELEMME, Aix-en-Provence)

  • Alex Sánchez

    () (Universitat de Barcelona)


This article examines, through the analysis of the cotton spinning industry in Catalonia, the role of technological change in corporate strategies for industrial location in the first stage of the industrialisation process. It highlights the lack of consistency in the relation between territory and technology and demonstrates the influence that both the technological system adopted and the territorial features exert on the industrial location decision-making process. Through the review of the most recent bibliography, the article establishes that the location of the cotton spinning industry in Catalonia was determined by the existence of a pre-established industrial framework and by the relative change in the cost that factors such as labour, energy and transport experienced due to the introduction of foreign technology. KEY Classification-JEL: O3, R3, N6, N63

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  • Olivier Raveux & Alex Sánchez, 2010. "La adaptación tecnológica como factor de localización industrial. Una revisión de las investigaciones sobre la industria de hilados de algodón en Cataluña (1772-1885)," Investigaciones de Historia Económica (IHE) Journal of the Spanish Economic History Association, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica, vol. 6(02), pages 65-94.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:invest:v:06:y:2010:i:02:p:65-94

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    Technological Change; Industrial Location; Cotton Spinning; Catalonia;

    JEL classification:

    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location
    • N6 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction
    • N63 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Europe: Pre-1913


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