The location of the UK cotton textiles industry in 1838: a quantitative analysis

Crafts, Nicholas and Wolf, Nikolaus (2014) The location of the UK cotton textiles industry in 1838: a quantitative analysis. Journal of Economic History, 74 (4). pp. 1103-1139. ISSN 0022-0507

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Abstract

We examine the geography of cotton textiles in Britain in 1838 to test claims about why the industry came to be so heavily concentrated in Lancashire. Our analysis considers both first and second nature aspects of geography including the availability of water power, humidity, coal prices, market access and sunk costs. We show that some of these characteristics have substantial explanatory power. Moreover, we exploit the change from water to steam power to show that the persistent effect of first nature characteristics on industry location can be explained by a combination of sunk costs and agglomeration effects.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Depositing User: Nicholas Crafts
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 14:01
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 15:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89435

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