Joel Mokyr, Assaf Sarid, & Karine van der Beek: Human Capital, Millwrights, and Industrialisation in 18th-Century England https://voxeu.org/article/human-capital-millwrights-and-industrialisation-18th-century-england: 'The consensus among economic historians has been that Britain’s leadership during the Industrial Revolution owed little to the school system. But recent work on human capital suggests that we should rethink this consensus on the role of human capital. This column shows how millwrights–highly skilled carpenters who specialised in constructing and repairing watermills–had a persistent effect on the mechanisation of textile- and iron-making and on the economic expansion that was taking place on the eve of the Industrial Revolution...


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