IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Industrial innovation and productive structures: The creation of America’s ‘Arsenal of democracy’


  • Best, Michael H.


This paper uses World War II as a real world laboratory to examine the historical-structural origins of America’s unique systemic capability to create new and transform existing industrial sectors. Between 1935-9 and 1944, US munitions production increased 140 times versus 7 times in Germany while national output nearly doubled.

Suggested Citation

  • Best, Michael H., 2019. "Industrial innovation and productive structures: The creation of America’s ‘Arsenal of democracy’," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 32-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:48:y:2019:i:c:p:32-41
    DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2017.08.002

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Nathan, Robert R, 1994. "GNP and Military Mobilization," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 4(1), pages 1-16, March.
    2. Best, Michael, 2001. "The New Competitive Advantage: The Renewal of American Industry," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198297451.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:48:y:2019:i:c:p:32-41. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Haili He). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.