Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/119840
Authors: 
Ciccarelli, Carlo
Nuvolari, Alessandro
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
LEM Working Paper Series 2014/23
Abstract: 
This paper examines the dynamics of technical change in the Italian locomotive industry in the period 1850-1913. From an historical point of view, this industry presents a major point of interest: it was one of the few relatively sophisticated "high-tech" sectors in which Italy, a latecomer country, was able to set foot firmly before 1913. Using technical data on the performance of different vintages of locomotives, we construct a new industry-level index of technical change. Our reassessment reveals the critical role played by non-tariff barriers for the emergence and consolidation of national manufacturers in this field.
JEL: 
N73
O25
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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