Resolving the Anglo-German Industrial Productivity Puzzle, 1895-1935: A Response to Professor Ritschl
University of Warwick - Department of History
Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
MPI Collective Goods Preprint, No. 2008/27
In a recent article, Ritschl (2008) criticized findings of Broadberry and Burhop (2007) regarding the comparative level of manufacturing labour productivity in Germany compared to Britain between 1895 and 1938. In this paper, we re-evaluate Ritschl's claims and show that our earlier results are broadly consistent with the historical data. Our new results show that labour productivity in German manufacturing in 1907 was about 8.4 percent higher than in Britain. This is slightly different from our earlier finding of a German productivity advantage of only 5 percent, but substantially below Ritschl's claim of a 20-28 percent German productivity lead.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Manufacturing, productivity, Britain, Germany
JEL Classification: N10, N60, O14, O47working papers series
Date posted: September 29, 2008
© 2013 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
This page was processed by apollo4 in 2.625 seconds