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The role of technology and institutions for growth : Danish creameries in the late nineteenth century

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  • Sharp, Paul
  • Henriksen, Ingrid
  • Lampe, Markus

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We consider the relative contributions of changing technology and institutions for economic growth through the investigation of a natural experiment in history: the almost simultaneous introduction of the automatic cream separator and the cooperative ownership form in the Danish dairy industry from around 1880. Using a new database of statistics from creameries and the tool of stochastic frontier analysis, we find that both institutions and technology were important for the success of the Danish dairy industry and, by implication, the growth and early development of the Danish economy.

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  • Sharp, Paul & Henriksen, Ingrid & Lampe, Markus, 2010. "The role of technology and institutions for growth : Danish creameries in the late nineteenth century," IFCS - Working Papers in Economic History.WH wp10-13, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola.
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    Creameries;

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    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • N5 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture

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