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Technology-Skill Complementarity in the Early Phase of Industrialization

Raphael Franck () and Oded Galor ()

No 9758, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: The research explores the effect of industrialization on human capital formation. Exploiting exogenous regional variations in the adoption of steam engines across France, the study establishes that, in contrast to conventional wisdom that views early industrialization as a predominantly deskilling process, the industrial revolution was conducive for human capital formation, generating broad increases in literacy rates and educational attainment.

Keywords: technology-skill complementarity; economic growth; industrialization; human capital; steam engine (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N33 N34 O14 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 64 pages
Date: 2016-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-gro, nep-his, nep-ino, nep-lab and nep-tid
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