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Causality and the First Industrial Revolution

  • Greasley, David
  • Oxley, Les

The existence, timing and possible causes of the British industrial revolution are considered by investigating the time series properties of industrial production and various explanatory variables. Utilizing co-integration-based causality tests, this paper argues that domestic forces, notably population, real wages and technological progress, shaped the industrial revolution, whereas overseas trade expansion was a consequence of industrial growth. The first industrial revolution may shed more general light on the forces promoting industrialization and growth. To the extent that the first industrial revolution offers a template, exports do not appear to provide a simple pathway to industrialization. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial & Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 7 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 33-47

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:7:y:1998:i:1:p:33-47
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