EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Scale in Technology and Learning-by-Doing in the Windmill Industry

Erik Madsen, Camilla Jensen () and Jørgen Drud Hansen
Additional contact information
Jørgen Drud Hansen: University of Southern Denmark

No 02-2, Working Papers from University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the remarkable development of technology and the fast learning-by-doing in the windmill industry since it emerged in the beginning of the 1980s. Based on time series of prices of windmills a dynamic cost function for producing windmills is tested. The estimations verified that learning-by-doing in the Danish windmill industry has contributed significantly to improve the cost efficiency of the producers. The technological development has been stimulated both by process and product innovations as the capacity of the individual mills has increased. The learning effect created by early subsidies from the government has consolidated the competitive advantages of the windmill cluster in Denmark and preserved the first mover advantages at the world market. The article concludes that the industry probably will enter into a matured phase in the future with more modest technological growth.

Keywords: Learning-by-doing; scale in technology; process and product innovations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D20 L60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2002-01-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ino
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (11) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.hha.dk/nat/WPER/02-2_esm.pdf (application/pdf)
Our link check indicates that this URL is bad, the error code is: 500 Can't connect to www.hha.dk:80 (No such host is known. )

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:hhs:aareco:2002_002

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics The Aarhus School of Business, Prismet, Silkeborgvej 2, DK 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Helle Vinbaek Stenholt ( this e-mail address is bad, please contact ).

 
Page updated 2021-06-16
Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2002_002