Competition and innovation in 1950s Britain
UNSPECIFIED. (2001) Competition and innovation in 1950s Britain. BUSINESS HISTORY, 43 (1). 97-+. ISSN 0007-6791Full text not available from this repository.
We find little support for the Schumpeterian hypothesis of a positive relationship between market power and innovation in 1950s Britain even though many economists and policymakers accepted it at the time. Price-fixing agreements were very widespread prior to the 1956 Restrictive Practices Act and they seem to have had adverse effects on costs and productivity. Competition policy appears to have been much too lenient but the productivity problems of British industry at this time are best viewed as arising largely from the difficulties of reaping the benefits of innovation rather than from a failure to innovate per se.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences
|Journal or Publication Title:||BUSINESS HISTORY|
|Publisher:||FRANK CASS CO LTD|
|Number of Pages:||24|
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