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Mokyr, Joel

Overview
Works: 189 works in 651 publications in 6 languages and 16,225 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Economic history  Sources  Academic theses  Festschriften 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director, Bibliographic antecedent, Opponent
Classifications: HC79.T4, 338.064
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Joel Mokyr
The lever of riches : technological creativity and economic progress by Joel Mokyr( Book )

56 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the major inventions and innovations that have transformed society since ancient Greece and Rome and analyzes the causes of technological creativity throughout history
The gifts of Athena : historical origins of the knowledge economy by Joel Mokyr( )

36 editions published between 2002 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 2,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 constructs an original framework to analyze the concept of "useful" knowledge. He argues that the growth explosion in the modern West in the past two centuries was driven not just by the appearance of new technological ideas but also by the improved access to these ideas in society at large - as made possible by social networks comprising universities, publishers, professional sciences, and kindred institutions. Through a wealth of historical evidence set in clear and lively prose, he shows that changes in the intellectual and social environment and the institutional background in which knowledge was generated and disseminated brought about the Industrial Revolution, followed by sustained economic growth and continuing technological change." "Mokyr draws a link between intellectual forces such as the European enlightenment and subsequent economic changes of the nineteenth century, and follows their development into the twentieth century. He further explores some of the key implications of the knowledge revolution. Among these is the rise and fall of the "factory system" as an organizing principle of modern economic organization. He analyzes the impact of this revolution on information technology and communications as well as on the public's state of health and the structure of households. By examining the social and political roots of resistance to new knowledge, Mokyr also links growth in knowledge to political economy and connects the economic history of technology to the New Institutional Economics. The Gifts of Athena provides crucial insights into a matter of fundamental concern to a range of disciplines including economics, economic history, political economy, the history of technology, and the history of science."--Jacket
The birth of modern Europe : culture and economy, 1400-1800 : essays in honor of Jan de Vries by Laura Cruz( )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It seems undeniable that Jan de Vries has cast an indelible impression upon the field of early modern economic history. With his rejection of traditional models that left pre-industrial Europe with little to no role to play in modern development, de Vries’ work has laid claim to the rich significance of the early modern period as the birth of the contemporary West. Culminating in The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy 1650 to the Present (2008), his work has changed the way scholars conceptualize and study this dynamic period, as the contributors in this volume attest. Utilizing the methods and concepts pioneered by de Vries, these authors display the depth and breadth of his influence, with applications ranging from trade to architecture, from the Netherlands to China, and from the 1400s to the present day
A culture of growth : the origins of the modern economy by Joel Mokyr( )

37 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 1,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 did it continue, leading to today's unprecedented prosperity? In this groundbreaking book, celebrated economic historian Joel Mokyr argues that a culture of growth specific to early modern Europe and the European Enlightenment laid the foundations for the scientific advances and pioneering inventions that would instigate explosive technological and economic development. Bringing together economics, the history of science and technology, and models of cultural evolution, Mokyr demonstrates that culture--the beliefs, values, and preferences in society that are capable of changing behavior--was a deciding factor in societal transformations. Mokyr looks at the period 1500-1700 to show that a politically fragmented Europe fostered a competitive "market for ideas" and a willingness to investigate the secrets of nature. At the same time, a transnational community of brilliant thinkers known as the "Republic of Letters" freely circulated and distributed ideas and writings. This political fragmentation and the supportive intellectual environment explain how the Industrial Revolution happened in Europe but not China, despite similar levels of technology and intellectual activity. In Europe, heterodox and creative thinkers could find sanctuary in other countries and spread their thinking across borders. In contrast, China's version of the Enlightenment remained controlled by the ruling elite. Combining ideas from economics and cultural evolution, A Culture of Growth provides startling reasons for why the foundations of our modern economy were laid in the mere two centuries between Columbus and Newton."--Publisher's description
The invention of enterprise : entrepreneurship from ancient Mesopotamia to modern times by David S Landes( )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work provides a sweeping history of enterprise in Mesopotamia and Neo-Babylon; carries the reader through the Islamic Middle East; offers insights into the entrepreneurial history of China, Japan, and colonial India; and describes the crucial role of the entrepreneur in innovation activity in the Western world
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history( Book )

19 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While many dictionaries of economics are available for purchase, this title is unique because of its greater depth of treatment. It offers histories and backgrounds on a significant number of economic topics, not only for the United States but also for other countries and geographic regions. Entries cover such topics as economic concepts; markets and industries; economic development in various countries; biographical essays on key people in economics and business; business products, including coffee, gas, and oil; and the economic aspects of historical events and time periods, including the Great Depression."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004
The British industrial revolution : an economic perspective by Joel Mokyr( Book )

32 editions published between 1993 and 2019 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Industrial Revolution remains a defining moment in the economic history of the modern world. But what kind and how much of a revolution was it? And what kind of "moment" could it have been? These are just some of the larger questions among the many that economic historians continue to debate. Addressing the various interpretations and assumptions that have been attached to the concept of the Industrial Revolution, Joel Mokyr and his four distinguished contributors present and defend their views on essential aspects of the Industrial Revolution."--page 4 de la couverture
The Economics of the Industrial Revolution by Joel Mokyr( Book )

38 editions published between 1984 and 2018 in English and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, scholars from a variety of disciplines have addressed many perplexing questions about the Industrial Revolution in all its aspects. Understandably, economics has become the focal point for these efforts as professional economists have sought to resolve some of the controversies surrounding this topic. This collection contains ten of the best articles written by economists on the subject of the Industrial Revolution .... Among the questions discussed are the causes for the pre-eminence of Britain, the roles of the inputs for growth (capital, labor, technical progress), the importance of demand factors, the relation between agricultural progress and the Industrial Revolution, and the standard of living debate. The essays demonstrate that the application of fresh viewpoints to the literature has given us a considerable new body of data at our disposal, making it possible to test commonly held hypotheses. In addition, this new data has enabled economists to apply a more rigorous logic to the thinking about the Industrial Revolution, thus sharpening many issues heretofore blurred by slipshod methodology and internal inconsistencies.-- Back cover
Why Ireland starved : a quantitative and analytical history of the Irish economy, 1800-1850 by Joel Mokyr( Book )

33 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and French and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 to flee the country. Why the Irish economy failed to grow, and 'why Ireland starved' remains an unresolved riddle of economic history. Professor Mokyr maintains that the 'Hungry Forties' were caused by the overall underdevelopment of
The enlightened economy : an economic history of Britain, 1700-1850 by Joel Mokyr( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book focuses on the importance of ideological and institutional factors in the rapid development of the British economy during the years between the Glorious Revolution and the Crystal Palace Exhibition. Joel Mokyr shows that we cannot understand the Industrial Revolution without recognizing the importance of the intellectual sea changes of Britain's Age of Enlightenment. In a vigorous discussion, Mokyr goes beyond the standard explanations that credit geographical factors, the role of markets, politics, and society to show that the beginnings of modern economic growth in Britain depended a great deal on what key players knew and believed, and how those beliefs affected their economic behavior. He argues that Britain led the rest of Europe into the Industrial Revolution because it was there that the optimal intersection of ideas, culture, institutions, and technology existed to make rapid economic growth achievable. His wide-ranging evidence covers sectors of the British economy often neglected, such as the service industries."--Publisher description
Industrialization in the Low Countries, 1795-1850 by Joel Mokyr( Book )

10 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty five centuries of technological change : an historical survey by Joel Mokyr( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company
The Vital one : essays in honor of Jonathan R.T. Hughes( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why Our Knowledge Economy Can Survive the New Age of Pestilence by Joel Mokyr( )

2 editions published in 2020 in Undetermined and English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modernization has changed the way economies are exposed to, respond to, and are affected by disasters. Changes to the drivers of economic growth, particularly the move to a knowledge-based economy, should make us more resilient and limit the long-term effects of COVID-19
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review: "While many dictionaries of economics are available for purchase, this title is unique because of its greater depth of treatment. It offers histories and backgrounds on a significant number of economic topics, not only for the United States but also for other countries and geographic regions. Entries cover such topics as economic concepts; markets and industries; economic development in various countries; biographical essays on key people in economics and business; business products, including coffee, gas, and oil; and the economic aspects of historical events and time periods, including the Great Depression."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004
The rate and direction of invention in the British Industrial Revolution : incentives and institutions by Ralf Meisenzahl( )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Industrial Revolution technological progress and innovation became the main drivers of economic growth. But why was Britain the technological leader? We argue that one hitherto little recognized British advantage was the supply of highly skilled, mechanically able craftsmen who were able to adapt, implement, improve, and tweak new technologies and who provided the micro inventions necessary to make macro inventions highly productive and remunerative. Using a sample of 759 of these mechanics and engineers, we study the incentives and institutions that facilitated the high rate of inventive activity during the Industrial Revolution. First, apprenticeship was the dominant form of skill formation. Formal education played only a minor role. Second, many skilled workmen relied on secrecy and first-mover advantages to reap the benefits of their innovations. Over 40 percent of the sample here never took out a patent. Third, skilled workmen in Britain often published their work and engaged in debates over contemporary technological and social questions. In short, they were affected by the Enlightenment culture. Finally, patterns differ for the textile sector; therefore, any inferences from textiles about the whole economy are likely to be misleading
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history( )

in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"International in scope and spanning all time periods of human history, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History includes 900 original articles by noted scholars from more than thirty-five countries. Articles range from 500-word entries on inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders to overarching, 8,000-word essays on markets, industries, and labor. With coverage ranging from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos, this landmark works stands at the busy intersection of history and the social sciences."--Home page
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history( Book )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review: "While many dictionaries of economics are available for purchase, this title is unique because of its greater depth of treatment. It offers histories and backgrounds on a significant number of economic topics, not only for the United States but also for other countries and geographic regions. Entries cover such topics as economic concepts; markets and industries; economic development in various countries; biographical essays on key people in economics and business; business products, including coffee, gas, and oil; and the economic aspects of historical events and time periods, including the Great Depression."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004
The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history( Book )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review: "While many dictionaries of economics are available for purchase, this title is unique because of its greater depth of treatment. It offers histories and backgrounds on a significant number of economic topics, not only for the United States but also for other countries and geographic regions. Entries cover such topics as economic concepts; markets and industries; economic development in various countries; biographical essays on key people in economics and business; business products, including coffee, gas, and oil; and the economic aspects of historical events and time periods, including the Great Depression."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004
La culture de la croissance : les origines de l'économie moderne by Joel Mokyr( Book )

2 editions published in 2019 in French and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"À la fin du XVIIIe siècle, une floraison d’inventions techniques a donné naissance à la Révolution industrielle et à la croissance économique régulière dont est issue la prospérité sans précédent d’aujourd’hui. Or, si le déroulement de cet épisode capital est désormais bien connu, ses origines demeurent mystérieuses. Pourquoi la Révolution industrielle s’est-elle produite en Occident et pas ailleurs? La thèse de Joel Mokyr est qu’elle a été rendue possible par une culture de la croissance propre à l’Europe moderne et consacrée par les Lumières européennes. Les bases en ont été jetées dans la période 1500-1700, qui a vu les premières avancées scientifiques et techniques destinées à nourrir les développements explosifs de la suite. Elle a été favorisée par la fragmentation politique de l’Europe. Celle-ci a créé les conditions d’un "marché des idées" fonctionnant autour de la République des Lettres et assurant à la fois la protection des novateurs hétérodoxes et la circulation de leurs travaux. La comparaison avec la Chine achève de faire ressortir cette particularité européenne. En dépit de niveaux d’activité intellectuelle et technologique similaires, la version chinoise des Lumières est demeurée sous le contrôle de l’élite dirigeante, là où le polycentrisme européen a permis son expression indépendante. Combinant histoire économique, histoire des sciences et des techniques et histoire intellectuelle, Joel Mokyr montre, contre le préjugé selon lequel les idées ne sont que le reflet de l’infrastructure matérielle, comment la culture, les croyances, les valeurs ont été le facteur décisif de la transformation sociale. Un nouveau regard sur les racines de la modernité qui éclairera tous ceux qui s’interrogent sur la place que l’économie a prise dans notre monde."--Page 4 de la couverture
 
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The lever of riches : technological creativity and economic progress
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The gifts of Athena : historical origins of the knowledge economyThe birth of modern Europe : culture and economy, 1400-1800 : essays in honor of Jan de VriesThe invention of enterprise : entrepreneurship from ancient Mesopotamia to modern timesThe Oxford encyclopedia of economic historyThe British industrial revolution : an economic perspectiveThe Economics of the Industrial RevolutionWhy Ireland starved : a quantitative and analytical history of the Irish economy, 1800-1850The enlightened economy : an economic history of Britain, 1700-1850
Alternative Names
Joel Mokyr Amerikaans economisch historicus

Joel Mokyr US-amerikanischer Historiker

Mokyr, J. 1946-

Mokyr, Joel

Мокир, Джоэль

Мокир, Джоэль, 1946-

יואל מוקיר

יואל מוקיר היסטוריון כלכלי, יהודי אמריקאי-ישראלי

막기이, 교이 1946-

모지얼, 차오얼 1946-

모키르, 조엘 1946-

모키어, 조엘 1946-

ジョエル・モキイア

モキイア, ジョエル

モキイア, ジョエル 1946-

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