Inventive Activity in Early Industrial America: Evidence From Patent Records, 1790 - 1846 [report]

Kenneth Sokoloff
1988 unpublished
A sample of patent records from the United States between 1790 and 1846 is employed to study the patterns in inventive activity. Patenting was pro-cyclical, and yet began to grow rapidly with the interruptions in foreign trade that precedad the War of 1812. A strong association between patenting and proximity to navigable waterways is also demonstrated. Although the importance of specific nechanissis remains unclear, both the temporal and cross-sectional evidence iapl that inventive activity
more » ... ventive activity was positively related to tI growth of markets during early industrialization.
doi:10.3386/w2707 fatcat:e7lqo3woszcu5lpflaee625d3i