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Catching up and falling behind in technological progress: the experience of the textile and chemical industries in Italy between 1904 and 1937

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  • Makiko Hino

    () (Faculty of Commerce, Doshisha University)

  • Mototsugu Fukushige

    () (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

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We estimate the stocks of patents and their growth rates in the Italian textile and chemical industries between 1904 and 1937. The stocks and growth rates by nationality are estimated for Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Switzerland, and the USA. The Italian patent stock in the textile industry followed and attempted to catch up with the stock of the leading countries; by contrast, that in the chemical industry fell behind during that period. Although growth rates were similar, Italy fs growth rates fell into the lower group before and after World War I. Our results indicate that not all Italian industries succeeded in catching up with the leading countries.

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  • Makiko Hino & Mototsugu Fukushige, 2014. "Catching up and falling behind in technological progress: the experience of the textile and chemical industries in Italy between 1904 and 1937," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 14-14, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
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    technological progress; patent; textile; chemical; Italy;

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    • N62 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
    • N63 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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