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A tale of two SICs: Japanese and American industrialisation in historical perspective

Tang, John P.


Late-developing countries often adopt best practice technologies pioneered abroad, facilitating convergence toward leading economies. Meiji Japan (1868–1912) is one successful example of industrial convergence, but much of the evidence relies on national aggregates or selected industries. Using historical industry data, this paper examines whether Japan adopted new technologies faster compared to the United States. Contrary to conventional wisdom, new sectors did not appear relatively sooner in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-07
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Economic History Review
DOI: 10.1111/aehr.12097
Access Rights: Open Access


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