Technical Change, Non-Tariff Barriers, and the Development of the Italian Locomotive Industry,1850-1913

Carlo Ciccarelli
2016 Social Science Research Network  
The locomotive industry was one of the relatively sophisticated "high tech" sectors in which Italy, a late industrializer, was successful before 1913. Using technical data on the performance of different vintages of locomotives, we construct a new industry-level index of technical change. We also study the impact of different policy instruments (import duties, non-tariff trade barriers, and other discretionary interventions) in shaping the development of the industry. Our reassessment reveals
more » ... t only the sound technological performance of Italian locomotives and successful industry growth, but also the critical role played by non-tariff barriers for the development of the industry.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2934242 fatcat:lsghm2hpwbdelnth7frbaqf6wa