Article Critique on U.S. Technological History In their article “The Reorganization of Inventive Activity in the United States during the Early Twentieth Century,” Lamoreaux, Sokoloff, and Sutthiphisal offer a novel argument about U.S. technological history, arguing that smaller, entrepreneurial enterprises in the East North Central region of the country contributed just as much inventive activity as the R&D labs of large organizations until the 1920s. The authors make their argument against the backdrop of a line of traditionalist thinking according to which, over the course of the nineteenth century, U.S. inventive activity shifted its locus from the independent inventor to the corporate R&D lab. The authors agree with the...The end:
.....t conducted by Cohen and Klepper, and by Cohen, Levin, and Mowery) has also confounded the correlation between firm size and R&D achievement. The data firmly suggest that inventive activity did not become a monopoly of the big labs until after the Great Depression. References Cohen, W.M. and Klepper, S. “A Reprise of Size and R&D.” Economic Journal 106 (July 1996): 925-51. Cohen, W.M., Levin, R.C., and Mowery, D.C. “Firm Size and R&D Intensity: A Re-Examination.” Journal of Industrial Economics 25 (June 1987): 543-65. Lamoreaux, N.R., Sokoloff, K.L., & Sutthiphisal, D. “The Reorganization of Inventive Activity in the United States during the Early Twentieth Century.” Working Paper 15440, National Bureau of Economic Research.