Catch Me If You Can: Education and Catch-Up in the Industrial Revolution

@article{Becker2009CatchMI,
  title={Catch Me If You Can: Education and Catch-Up in the Industrial Revolution},
  author={Sascha O. Becker and Erik Hornung and Ludger Woessmann},
  journal={Labor: Human Capital eJournal},
  year={2009}
}
Existing evidence, mostly from British textile industries, rejects the importance of formal education for the Industrial Revolution. We provide new evidence from Prussia, a technological follower, where early-19th-century institutional reforms created the conditions to adopt the exogenously emerging new technologies. Our unique school-enrollment and factory-employment database links 334 counties from pre-industrial 1816 to two industrial phases in 1849 and 1882. Controlling extensively for pre… 

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