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Market services and the productivity race, 1850-2000 [electronic resource] : British performance in international perspective /
Stephen Broadberry.
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Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
description
xix, 409 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521867185 (hbk.), 9780521867184 (hbk.)
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
isbn
0521867185 (hbk.)
9780521867184 (hbk.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8366890
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-403) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-09-01:
Seventy percent of workers in Britain today are employed in the service sector. Services make up a comparable share of employment in the US and other advanced economies. Consequently productivity in the service sector is a key determinant of overall living standards and international economic competitiveness. Broadberry (economics, Univ. of Warwick, UK) makes an important contribution to understanding Britain's relative economic decline in the 20th century through a comparison of the relative and absolute growth of productivity in the service industries in Britain, the US, and Germany. Broadberry first presents the quantitative evidence, including a detailed discussion of the methods used to make international comparisons. Then he offers an explanation of the quantitative evidence focused on differences in the pace of the transition in the three countries from a customized, low-volume, high-margin business organized around networks to a hierarchically managed, standardized, high-volume, low-margin business. Finally, he provides a chronological narrative that describes the history of key service sector industries. This book will be of interest to scholars of the service industries, British economic history, and the determinants of international economic competitiveness, among others. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. J. L. Rosenbloom University of Kansas
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"Stephen Broadberry's comparative history, mirroring his earlier work on the manufacturing sector, comes, therefore, as a welcome contribution...In short, this is a path breaking book with much stimulating discussion..." -Alan Booth, University of Exeter, The International History Review
'The book's great achievement is to force us to refocus our thinking.' Contemporary European History
"Broadberry has written an impressive book that will interest economic historians and students of economic growth, particularly those focusing on Britain." - Alex Field, Santa Clara University
"[...]insightful analysis[...]Broadberry's book will be thought provoking for scholars concerned with current economic developments." -Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley, American Historical Review
"An important book, both for students of the British economy and economic history, and for those concerned more generally with economic growth." James Foreman-Peck, Journal of Economic History
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A major reassessment, first published in 2006, of Britain's comparative productivity performance over the last 150 years. Stephen Broadberry provides a qualitative account of developments within individual sectors, including shipping, railways, road and air transport, telecommunications, wholesale and retail distribution, banking, and finance.
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A major reassessment of Britain's comparative productivity performance over the last 150 years. Stephen Broadberry provides a qualitative account of developments within individual sectors, including shipping, railways, road and air transport, telecommunications, wholesale and retail distribution, banking, and finance.
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Now that services account for such a dominant part of economic activity, it has become apparent that achieving high levels of productivity in the economy requires high levels of productivity in services. This book, first published in 2006, offers a major reassessment of Britain's comparative productivity performance over the last 150 years. Whereas in the mid-nineteenth century Britain had higher productivity than the United States and Germany, by 1990 both countries had overtaken Britain. The key to achieving high productivity was the 'industrialisation' of market services, which involved both the serving of business and the provision of mass-market consumer services in a more business like fashion. Comparative productivity varied with the uneven spread of industrialised service sector provision across sectors. Stephen Broadberry provides a quantitative overview of these trends, together with a qualitative account of developments within individual sectors, including shipping, railways, road and air transport, telecommunications, wholesale and retail distribution, banking, and finance.
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This book offers a major reassessment of Britain's comparative productivity performance over the last 150 years. Stephen Broadberry provides a qualitative account of developments within individual sectors, such as shipping, retail distribution and finance.
Table of Contents
List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. x
Prefacep. xix
Introduction and overviewp. 1
Measuring comparative productivity performancep. 17
The contribution of services to the productivity performance of the whole economyp. 19
Comparative productivity performance in market servicesp. 28
A sectoral database: Britain, the United States and Germany, 1870-1990p. 36
Explaining comparative productivity performancep. 79
Technology, organisational change and the industrialisation of servicesp. 81
Investment in physical and human capitalp. 107
Competition and the institutional frameworkp. 127
Reassessing the performance of British market servicesp. 145
The 'golden age' of British commerce, 1870-1914p. 147
The collapse of the liberal world economic order, 1914-1950p. 216
Completing the industrialisation of services, 1950-1990p. 281
British services in the 1990s: a preliminary assessmentp. 357
Summary and conclusionsp. 369
Bibliographyp. 377
Indexp. 404
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