Energy and economic growth

Created in March 1999 by Bernard Beaudreau. See also the references on General Purpose Technologies.

Introductory reading

Ayres, Eugene and Charles Scarlott. (1952) Energy Sources: The Wealth of the World, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Beaudreau, Bernard C. (1995) “The Impact of Electric Power on Productivity: The Case of U.S. Manufacturing 1958-1984,” Energy Economics 17(3), 231-236.

Beaudreau, Bernard C. (1998) Energy and Organization: Growth and Distribution Reexamined, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Bresnahan, Timothy and Trajtenberg, M. (1995) General Purpose Technologies: Engines of Growth? Journal of Econometrics, January, 65(1), 83-108.

Helpman, E. (1998) General Purpose Technologies and Economic Growth: Introduction. In Helpman, E. (ed.), General Purpose Technologies and Economic Growth , Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998, 1-13.

Jorgenson, Dale W. (1981) The Role of Energy in Productivity Growth. in J.W. Kendrick (ed.) International Comparisons of Productivity and the Causes of the Slowdown, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Nye, David E. (1990) Electrifying America, Social Meanings of a New Technology, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Ruth, Matthias (1993) Integrating Economics, Ecology and Thermodynamics, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press.

Schurr, S., C. Burwell, W. Devine, and S. Sonenblum (1990) Electricity in the American Economy: Agents of Technological Progress. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Smil, Vaclav (1999) Energies, An Illustrated Guide to the Biosphere and Civilization, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Soddy, Frederick, (1924) Cartesian Economics, The Bearing of Physical Sciences upon State Stewardship, London: Hendersons.

Woolf, Arthur G. (1984) Electricity, Productivity and Labor Saving: American Manufacturing, 1900-1929. Explorations in Economic History 21, 176-191.

Historical reading

Beaudreau, Bernard C. (1996) Mass Production, The Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression: The Macroeconomics of Electrification. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Chase, Stuart (1934) The Economics of Abundance, New York, NY: Macmillan.

David, Paul A. (1990) The Dynamo and the Computer: An Historical Perspective on the Modern Productivity Paradox. American Economic Review, May, 255-361.

Ford, Henry. (1926) Mass Production. Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Jevons, Stanley W. (1865) The Coal Question London: Macmillan.

Lloyd-George, David (1924) Coal and Power Report. London: MacMillan.

Scott, Howard (1933) Introduction to Technocracy New York, NY: John Day.

Tugwell, Rexford G. (1927) Industry’s Coming of Age, New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Tyron, F.G. (1927) “An Index of Consumption of Fuels and Water Power,” Journal of the American Statistical Association 22, 271-282.

Further reading

Betts, John E. (1989) Essentials of Applied Physics, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Boustead, I. and G.F. Hancock (1979) Handbook of Industrial Energy Analysis. Chichester: Ellis Horwood.

Georgescu-Roegen, Nicholas (1971), The Entropy Law and the Economic Process, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Gouldsblom, J. (1992). Fire and Civilization, London: Allen Lane.

National Research Council (1986) Electricity in Economic Growth. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Smil, Vaclav (1991) General Energetics. New York, NY: John Wiley.

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