Market Services and the Productivity Race, 1850-2000 : British Performance in International Perspective (Paperback)

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This book was published in 2006. 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 offers a major reassessment of the United Kingdom'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 businesslike 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 wihtin individual sectors, including shipping, railways, road and airtransport, telecommunications, wholesale and retail distribution, banking, and finance.

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521123143
SKU 211936241
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521123143
Release Date 1/1/2011
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0432
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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