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
ISBN-10:
0521892171
ISBN-13:
9780521892179
Pub. Date:
04/04/2002
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Overview

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

In a significant new contribution to economic history, Dr. Magee examines an important British industry that, like many others, declined in relative importance during the period prior to 1914. He compares Britain's performance in papermaking with its main international rivals of the time, America and Germany, addressing such central subjects as technological change, entrepreneurship and productivity. The book will be invaluable to scholars of economic history as well as those simply interested in papermaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521892179
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/04/2002
Series: Cambridge Studies in Modern Economic History Series , #4
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Background; 2. Technological change; 3. Performance; 4. Rags, esparto and wood: entrepreneurship and the choice of raw materials; 5. The Anglo-American labour productivity gap; 6. Unions and manning practices in Britain and America; 7. Raw materials, women, and labour-saving machinery: the Anglo-American gap, 1860-90; 8. Technological divergence: the Anglo-American gap, 1890-1913; 9. Free trade and paper; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography.

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