Chapter 17 Long-Term Economic Growth and the History of Technology

Joel Mokyr*

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Abstract

Modern economic growth started in the West in the early nineteenth century. This survey discusses the precise connection between the Industrial Revolution and the beginnings of growth, and connects it to the intellectual and economic factors underlying the growth of useful knowledge. The connections between science, technology and human capital are re-examined, and the role of the eighteenth century Enlightenment in bringing about modern growth is highlighted. Specifically, the paper argues that the Enlightenment changed the agenda of scientific research and deepened the connections between theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Economic Growth
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Pages1113-1180
Number of pages68
EditionSUPPL. PART B
ISBN (Print)9780444520432
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

Publication series

NameHandbook of Economic Growth
NumberSUPPL. PART B
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1574-0684

Keywords

  • Industrial Revolution
  • access costs
  • economic growth
  • technological progress
  • useful knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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