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The Economic Future in Historical Perspective$
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Paul A. David and Mark Thomas

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263471

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.001.0001

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Human Capital and Productivity Performance: Britain, the United States and Germany, 1870–1990

Human Capital and Productivity Performance: Britain, the United States and Germany, 1870–1990

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(p.103) 3. Human Capital and Productivity Performance: Britain, the United States and Germany, 1870–1990
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The Economic Future in Historical Perspective
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Stephen Broadberry

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.003.0004

This chapter examines the relationship between human capital and productivity among three industrialized economies: Britain, Germany, and the United States. It first presents sectoral estimates of comparative labour productivity from 1870 to 1990. It then examines the process by which Britain was overtaken at the beginning of the twentieth century by the upstart economies of the United States and Germany.

Keywords:   human capital, productivity, Britain, Germany, United States, labour productivity

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