- De-Industrialization and Underdevelopment: A Comparative Assessment Around the Periphery 1750-1939
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- by Williamson, Jeffery G.
- The idea that the periphery suffered de-industrialization during the first global century before
1914 has a long pedigree, and every country writes its own independent history of that shared event.
While that literature is immense, it has three shortcomings that are serious enough to invite this new
attack on an old question. The first shortcoming is that the de-industrialization literature rarely makes a comparative
statement. The second shortcoming of the de-industrialization literature is that when it is quantitative, it
relies almost entirely on output and employment evidence, while it rarely exploits price and wage data. The third shortcoming of the de-industrialization literature is that it assumes that deindustrialization
causes underdevelopment while industrialization causes development, rather than
offering any evidence confirming the connection. What follows here is only a report on work in progress. There is much more left to be done.
- Publication Type: WCFIA Working Paper
- Published Date: December 2004
- Field of Interest: International Relations
- Williamson, Jeffrey G. "De-Industrialization and Underdevelopment:A Comparative Assessment Around the Periphery 1750-1939." Working Paper 2008-0119, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, December 2004.