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Infant Industry Protection and the Growth of Canada's Cotton Mills: A Test of the Chang Hypothesis

  • Michael N.A. Hinton

    (The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA), Italy)

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    I argue that the 19th century Canadian cotton textile industry was an extremely successful infant industry. Judging the industry’s performance by seven widely-employed measures of success – growth in output, contemporary opinion, size, the use of the most modern machinery, exports, and relative total factor productivity – it is shown that the growth of Canada’s cotton mills provides strong support for Chang’s provocative hypothesis that infant industry protection was the way the rich countries of today grew rich in the nineteenth century.

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    Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 55_12.

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    Date of creation: Jul 2012
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