Productivity and Performance in the Paper Industry: Labour, Capital and Technology in Britain and America, 1860-1914

Productivity and Performance in the Paper Industry: Labour, Capital and Technology in Britain and America, 1860-1914

by Gary Bryan Magee
     
 

It is often claimed that the origins of Britain's relative economic decline are first witnessed in the period 1860 to 1914. For the paper-making industry, this was also a period in which an array of important new forces, including the development of new raw materials and the move to ever larger scales of production, came on the scene. Gary Bryan Magee looks at the… See more details below

Overview

It is often claimed that the origins of Britain's relative economic decline are first witnessed in the period 1860 to 1914. For the paper-making industry, this was also a period in which an array of important new forces, including the development of new raw materials and the move to ever larger scales of production, came on the scene. Gary Bryan Magee looks at the effect of these changes and assesses how effectively the industry coped with the new pressures, drawing upon an extensive range of quantitative and archival sources from Britain, America, and other countries. Along the way, Dr. Magee addresses issues central to the understanding of industrial competitiveness, such as technological change, entrepreneurship, productivity, trade policy, and industrial relations. Historians, economists, scholars of economic history, and anyone with an interest in the paper industry will find this wide-ranging account indispensable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521581974
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/27/1997
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Modern Economic History Series, #4
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1Background7
2Technological change26
3Performance69
4Rags, esparto, and wood: entrepreneurship and the choice of raw materials88
5The Anglo-American labour productivity gap145
6Unions and manning practices in Britain and America161
7Raw materials, women, and labour-saving machinery: the Anglo-American gap, 1860-1890174
8Technological divergence: the Anglo-American gap, 1890-1913196
9Free trade and paper240
Conclusion267
Bibliography271
Index285

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