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New answers to old questions: explaining the slow adoption of ring spinning in Lancashire, 1880-1913

Leunig, Tim (2000) New answers to old questions: explaining the slow adoption of ring spinning in Lancashire, 1880-1913. Economic History Working Papers, 60/00. Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper re-examines theories previously advanced to explain Lancashire’s slow adoption of ring spinning. New cost estimates show that although additional transport costs and technical complementarities between certain types of machine reduced ring adoption rates, these supply side constraints were not dominant. Instead what mattered most were demand side factors. Lancashire produced far more fine yarns than other countries and that yarn was better spun on mules. Furthermore, Lancashire had a sizeable export yarn trade, a market again more suited to mule spinning. Low ring adoption rates were a positive response to demand patterns dominated by high quality goods.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/economicHistory/workingPaper...
Additional Information: © 2000 The Author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2009 09:07
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/22378

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