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Artisanal Skills, Watchmaking, and the Industrial Revolution: Prescot and Beyond

Neil Cummins and Cormac Ó Gráda ()

No 201924, Working Papers from School of Economics, University College Dublin

Abstract: The role of skills and human capital during England’s Industrial Revolution is the subject of an old but still ongoing debate. This paper contributes to the debate by assessing the artisanal skills of watchmakers and watch tool makers in southwest Lancashire in the eighteenth century and their links to apprenticeship. The flexibility of the training regime and its evolution are discussed, as is the decline of the industry.

Keywords: Apprenticeship; Industrial Revolution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N00 N33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-10
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