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w7/8: Causes of the industrial revolution /2547

Please print and complete the questions on the worksheet – and bring your worksheet and the article with you to the seminar. Remember that participation and engagement in tutorials has a contribution to your coursework mark.

Primary reading

Crafts, N (2010), Explaining the first industrial revolution: Two views, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, CAGE Online Working Paper Series, No. 10, July

** Bring your completed worksheet to the tutorial (as well as the article) **

Discussion questions

  1. Outline Allen’s explanation as to why the industrial revolution took place where and when it did, and Mokyr’s objections to Allen’s case.
  2. Outline Mokyr’s explanation as to why the industrial revolution took place where and when it did, and Allen’s objections to Mokyr’s case.
  3. How do Mokyr and Allen differ in defining micro- and macro-invention?
  4. What are the key outcomes from Crafts’ assessment of both perspectives, in terms of the roles of (a) relative factor prices and (b) institutional change?

Background reading

Allen, RC (2009), The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, Cambridge: CUP

Allen, RC (2014), Technology, in Floud, R, Humphries, J and Johnson, J (eds), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain vol 1 1700-1870, Cambridge: CUP (pp292-320)

Mokyr, J (2009), The Enlightened Economy, London: Penguin books

Mokyr, J (2014), An Age of Progress, in Floud, R, Humphries, J and Johnson, J (eds), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain vol 1 1700-1870, Cambridge: CUP (pp264-291)