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  • The Lever of Richesby Joel Mokyr

    Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 12.99

    Beginning with a fascinating, concise history of technological progress, Mokyr traces major inventions and innovations that have transformed society since ancient Greece and Rome. What were the causes of technological creativity? Mokyr distinguishes between the relationship of inventors and their physical environment--which determined their willingness... more...

  • The Gifts of Athenaby Joel Mokyr

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 45.00

    The growth of technological and scientific knowledge in the past two centuries has been the overriding dynamic element in the economic and social history of the world. Its result is now often called the knowledge economy. But what are the historical origins of this revolution and what have been its mechanisms? In The Gifts of Athena , Joel Mokyr... more...

  • Why Ireland Starvedby Joel Mokyr

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    Technical changes in the first half of the nineteenth century led to unprecedented economic growth and capital formation throughout Western Europe; and yet Ireland hardly participated in this process at all. While the Northern Atlantic Economy prospered, the Great Irish Famine of 1845?50 killed a million and a half people and caused hundreds of thousands... more...

  • A Culture of Growthby Joel Mokyr

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 35.00

    During the late eighteenth century, innovations in Europe triggered the Industrial Revolution and the sustained economic progress that spread across the globe. While much has been made of the details of the Industrial Revolution, what remains a mystery is why it took place at all. Why did this revolution begin in the West and not elsewhere, and why... more...

  • The Enlightened Economyby Joel Mokyr

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 28.78

    Why did Western countries become so much wealthier than the rest of the world? What explains the huge rise in incomes during the Industrial Revolution - and why did Britain lead the way? In the years between the Glorious Revolution and the Great Exhibition, the British economy was transformed. Joel Mokyr's landmark history offers a wholly new perspective... more...

  • The Birth of Modern Europeby Laura Cruz; Joel Mokyr

    BRILL 2010; US$ 141.00

    It seems undeniable that Jan de Vries has cast an indelible impression upon the field of early modern economic history. Utilizing the methods and concepts pioneered by de Vries, the contributors in this Festschrift display the depth and breadth of his influence, with applications ranging from trade to architecture, from the Netherlands to China, and... more...

  • The Invention of Enterpriseby David S. Landes; Joel Mokyr; William J. Baumol

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 41.95

    Whether hailed as heroes or cast as threats to social order, entrepreneurs--and their innovations--have had an enormous influence on the growth and prosperity of nations. The Invention of Enterprise gathers together, for the first time, leading economic historians to explore the entrepreneur's role in society from antiquity to the present. Addressing... more...

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