The Democratization of Invention During Early Industrialization: Evidence from the United States, 1790–1846

@inproceedings{Sokoloff1990TheDO,
  title={The Democratization of Invention During Early Industrialization: Evidence from the United States, 1790–1846},
  author={Kenneth L. Sokoloff and B. Zorina Khan},
  year={1990}
}
We employ the 1860 Census of Manufactures to study rural antebellum manufacturing in the South and Midwest, and find that manufacturing output per capita was similar across regions in counties specialized in the same agricultural products. The southern deficit in manufactures per capita appears to have been largely attributable to the very low levels of output in counties specialized in cotton production. This implies that it was the South's capabilities for the highly profitable cotton… CONTINUE READING

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