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The creative response in economic development. The case of information processing technologies in US manufacturing, 1870-1930.

Reinstaller, Andreas and Hölzl, Werner (2001) The creative response in economic development. The case of information processing technologies in US manufacturing, 1870-1930. Working Papers Series "Growth and Employment in Europe: Sustainability and Competitiveness", 15. Inst. für Volkswirtschaftstheorie und -politik, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical framework along "Classical" lines in which Schumpeter's concept of "Creative Response" is linked to a theory of induced innovation and the concept of technological regimes. We devote particular attention to the role of indivisibilities between factors of production. On the basis of this framework, we study the adoption of early information technologies, such as typewriters, calculators or Hollerith machines in US manufacturing in the period between 1870 and 1930. We show how the presence of a distinct bias in technical change in US manufacturing led to the opening of a window of opportunity for early information technologies, and how the presence of this bias influenced the technological search and adoption process of firms and how this found its final reflection in the rules and heuristics of the new regime. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: technological regimes / systemic innovation / adoption of technologies / path dependence / information technology 1870-1930
Classification Codes: JEL D24, N60, O31, O33, L69
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Depositing User: Repository Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2002 15:02
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2015 09:59
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/1526

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