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Growth in manufacturing output in Ireland between the Union and the Famine: Some evidence

Authors
Journal
Explorations in Economic History
0014-4983
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
43
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2004.11.001
Keywords
  • Deindustrialization
  • Trade
  • Sectoral Growth Rates
  • Weights
  • Manufacturing Growth

Abstract

Abstract Pre-Famine Ireland is perceived to have undergone a process of deindustrialization as a result of trade with Great Britain. This article presents evidence that manufacturing output growth was positive and sufficient to keep pace with or exceed population growth. The textile industry in which the bulk of the manufacturing labour force was employed performed relatively poorly, though this was largely due to an internal shock in the form of technical and organisational change in the linen industry rather than trade with Britain. Concentration on the performance of the textile sector has distracted attention from the good performance in other sectors.

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