Electricity in the American Economy: Agent of Technological Progress

Synopsis

This book documents and analyzes the existence of a strong, and growing, synergy between technological progress and the use of electrified production techniques in the United States during the twentieth century. The authors use two types of information in their work: case studies of the ways in which technological progress in particular industries and economic sectors has depended upon the adoption of electrified methods of production and aggregative long-term national economic statistics that measure the changing relationship over time between increases in the use of electricity and other factor inputs and the growth in industrial productivity. Eleven of the book's thirteen chapters cover the case studies, while the remaining two chapters and the statistical appendix contain the broad quantitative findings and supporting data.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Warren D. Devine Jr.
  • Calvin C. Burwell
  • Blair G. Swezey
  • Sidney Sonenblum
  • Sam H. Schurr
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990