American exceptionalism as a problem in global history

Robert (Bob) Allen

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    The causes of the United States' exceptional economic performance are investigated by comparing American wages and prices with wages and prices in Great Britain, Egypt, and India. American industrialization in the nineteenth century required tariff protection since the country's comparative advantage lay in agriculture. After 1895 surging American productivity shifted the country's comparative advantage to manufacturing. Egypt and India could not have industrialized by following American policies since their wages were so low and their energy costs so high that the modern technology that was cost effective in Britain and the United States would not have paid in their circumstances.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)309-350
    Number of pages42
    JournalJournal of Economic History
    Volume74
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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    Wages
    Global History
    American Exceptionalism
    Egypt
    Comparative Advantage
    Costs
    India
    Comparative advantage
    Manufacturing
    Energy
    Economics
    Causes
    Industrialization
    Agriculture
    Tariffs
    Productivity
    Economic performance
    Energy cost

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    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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    American exceptionalism as a problem in global history. / Allen, Robert (Bob).

    In: Journal of Economic History, Vol. 74, No. 2, 01.01.2014, p. 309-350.

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    Allen, Robert (Bob). / American exceptionalism as a problem in global history. In: Journal of Economic History. 2014 ; Vol. 74, No. 2. pp. 309-350.
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