The Expansion of Trade and the Development of European Industry to 1600

Dartmouth Economics Working Paper No. 00-20

65 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2001

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Meir Kohn

Dartmouth College - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 2001

Abstract

This paper describes the industrial development of Europe to 1600. The conventional history of industrial development sees technological progress as its primary cause. However, this paper argues that the source of rising productivity was not new technology but the reorganization of production in response to falling trading costs and the expansion of trade. The expansion of trade changed which goods were produced, where they were produced, and by inducing an increasing division of labor, how they were produced. Of course, technological progress did contribute to rising productivity. However, it was less an independent cause than a consequence of industrial reorganization, expanding trade, and falling trading costs.

JEL Classification: L10, L60, N53, N63, O14, O18, O13, O52, R12

Suggested Citation

Kohn, Meir G., The Expansion of Trade and the Development of European Industry to 1600 (January 2001). Dartmouth Economics Working Paper No. 00-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=256599 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.256599

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