Technical Change, Non-Tariff Trade Barriers and the Development of the Italian Locomotives Industry, 1850-1913
Carlo Ciccarelli and
No 305, CEIS Research Paper from Tor Vergata University, CEIS
In this paper we examine the dynamics of technical change in the Italian locomotive industry in the period 1850-1913. From an historical point of view, the case of the Italian locomotive industry presents a major point of interest: it was one of the few relatively sophisticated “high-tech” industries in which Italy, a latecomer country, was able to firmly set foot before 1913. Using technical data on the performance of different vintages of locomotives, we construct a new aggregate index of technical change for the industry. Overall the most successful phase for the Italian locomotive industry seems to be period 1895-1913 characterized by a very rapid technical progress and by the effective consolidation of the technological capabilities in this area of two major firms: Breda and Ansaldo. Our re-assessment reveals the critical role of non-tariff trade barriers in the development of this industry.
Keywords: technical change; non-tariff barriers; locomotives industry; 19th century Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 N73 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2014-02-07, Revised 2014-02-07
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