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Hand looms, power looms, and changing production organizations: the case of the Kiryu weaving district in the early 20th century Japan

Hashino, Tomoko and Otsuka, Keijiro (2012) Hand looms, power looms, and changing production organizations: the case of the Kiryu weaving district in the early 20th century Japan. Economic History Working Papers, 157/12. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Identification Number: 157/12

Abstract

This study finds that the development process of the Kiryu silk weaving district in Japan from 1895 to 1930 can be divided at least into the two phases, i.e., Smithian growth based on the inter-firm division of labor using hand looms and Schumpeterian development based on factory system using power looms. Weaving manufacturers-cum-contractors led Smithian growth by organizing sub-contracts with out-weavers in rural villages and grew faster than factory production systems. Newly emerged joint stock firms played a role of genuine entrepreneurs by realizing significant scale economies. During this new phase, weaving manufacturers-cum-contractors survived and also introduced new production system.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/economicHistory/
Additional Information: © 2012 The authors
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N9 - Regional and Urban History > N95 - Asia including Middle East
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 16:32
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2012 16:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/41659

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