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Title: The “sailing ship effect”: reassessing history as a source of insight on technical change
Authors: Mendonça, S.
Keywords: “Sailing ship effect”
Innovation
Diffusion
Old technology
Economic history
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: The so-called “sailing ship effect” has often been stated as though there is no doubt that it really took place in the end of the 19th century. The notion has, moreover, been used as a stylised fact that is in charge of conveying the idea that the substitution threat of new radical technologies may lead to a renewed spurt of innovation in an old and established technology. On the basis of quantitative evidence and a systematic review of the field of maritime history this paper shows that the effect is nowhere to be found in the very case it derives its name from. The modernisation of the sailing trader occurs before, not after, the steamship had become an effective competitor. It is argued that if history is to be used to give credence to explanations of empirical regularities in a variety of settings the original source of the relevant concepts must be carefully revisited and deeply researched.
Description: WOS:000329599200004 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: Sim
URI: https://ciencia.iscte-iul.pt/public/pub/id/15917
http://hdl.handle.net/10071/9031
ISSN: 0048-7333
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2012.12.009
Appears in Collections:BRU-RI - Artigo em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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