Learning-by-Producing and the Geographic Links between Invention and Production: Experience from the Second Industrial Revolution

50 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2006 Last revised: 27 Jan 2022

See all articles by Dhanoos Sutthiphisal

Dhanoos Sutthiphisal

Assumption University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of ¡§learning-by-producing¡ ̈ on inventive activity and shows that, in both emerging (electrical equipment and supplies) and maturing (shoes and textiles) industries, the geographic association between invention and production was rather weak during the Second Industrial Revolution. Regional shifts in production were neither accompanied nor followed by corresponding increases in invention. Instead, this paper finds that the geographic location of inventive activity tended to mirror the geographic distribution of individuals with advanced technical skills appropriate to the particular industry in question. Even in the craft-based shoe industry, much of the invention came from those with the advanced technical skills. The findings suggest that scholars have over-emphasized the importance of learning-by-producing in accounting for the geographic differences in inventive activity, and underestimated the significance of technical skills or human capital amongst the population.

Suggested Citation

Sutthiphisal, Dhanoos, Learning-by-Producing and the Geographic Links between Invention and Production: Experience from the Second Industrial Revolution (August 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12469, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=924755

Dhanoos Sutthiphisal (Contact Author)

Assumption University ( email )

Dept of Business Economics, Assumption University
Bangna Trad Rd, Km 26
Bang Sao Tong, Samut Prakarn 10540
Thailand

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
27
Abstract Views
344
PlumX Metrics