Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Did globalization aid industrial development in colonial India?: a study of knowledge transfer in the iron industry

Roy, Tirthankar (2009) Did globalization aid industrial development in colonial India?: a study of knowledge transfer in the iron industry. Economic History Working Papers, 127/09. Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

[img]
Preview
PDF
Download (235Kb) | Preview

Abstract

The paper explores the link between international economic integration and technological capability in colonial India. The example of iron industry shows that many new ideas and skills flowed into India from Europe, but not all met with commercial success. The essay suggests that in those fields in which the costs of complementary factors were relatively low, the chance of success was higher. This condition was present in the craft of the blacksmith, in which the main complementary input was craftsmanship. The condition was slow to develop in iron-smelting, where the costs of fuel, labour, capital, and carriage of ore were high in the mid-nineteenth century.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/economicHistory/workingPaper...
Additional Information: © 2009 Tirthankar Roy
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 127/09
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 15:12
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27876/

Actions (login required)

Record administration - authorised staff only Record administration - authorised staff only

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics