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Factor Prices and Productivity Growth During the British Industrial Revolution

  • Antras, Pol
  • Voth, Hans-Joachim

This paper presents new estimates of total factor productivity growth in Britain for the period 1770–1860. We use the dual technique and argue that the estimates we derive from factor prices are of similar quality to quantity-based calculations. Our results provide further evidence, calculated on the basis of an independent set of sources, that productivity growth during the British Industrial Revolution was relatively slow. The Crafts–Harley view of the Industrial Revolution is thus reinforced. Our preferred estimates suggest a modest acceleration after 1800.

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Paper provided by Harvard University Department of Economics in its series Scholarly Articles with number 3199066.

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