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British Economic Growth 1856-1973The Post-War Period in Historical Perspective$
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R. C. O. Matthews, C. H. Feinstein, and J. Odling-Smee

Print publication date: 1982

Print ISBN-13: 9780198284536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198284535.001.0001

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The Effects of Structural Change

The Effects of Structural Change

(p.248) Chapter Nine The Effects of Structural Change
British Economic Growth 1856-1973

R. C. O. Matthews

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J. C. Odling‐Smee

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The effects of structural change or its absence on the overall growth of TFP have been much smaller than the effects of intraindustry TFP growth, except in 1937–51 when resources shifted toward relatively high productivity sectors. The effects of classical diminishing returns or its reversal were apparent on several occasions in mining, but less regularly in agriculture. The rate of growth of TFP in commerce was lowered in 1924–37 and raised in 1937–51 by the inflow and outflow of labour, the result of general demand conditions. Dynamic increasing returns (Verdoorn effect) in manufacturing may possibly have operated in some periods, but they do not explain much. Most of the declines in manufacturing's share in GDP were the result of changes in domestic absorption, not of foreign competition.

Keywords:   agriculture, commerce growth by sector, manufacturing, mining, structural change

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