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The rise of the Portland cement industry and the role of public science
Cliometrica (2012)
  • David Prentice, La Trobe University
Abstract
American Portland cement rose spectacularly during the 1890s from being a niche product to dominating a much larger market. The contributions of innovations, factor endowments and public science—factors highlighted as contributing to the more general American industrialization occurring at the same time—are analyzed. The successful commercialization of the rotary kiln, enabled by abundant supplies of fuels and minerals, played a key role, as did greater demand. Geological surveys, as highlighted by David and Wright, assisted in some states, but an econometric entry model does not demonstrate that they made a systematic significant contribution to the rise.
Keywords
  • US Industrialization,
  • Public Science,
  • Portland cement,
  • Entry models
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Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
David Prentice. "The rise of the Portland cement industry and the role of public science" Cliometrica Vol. 6 Iss. 2 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david_prentice/4/