Business History around the World at the Turn of the by Franco Amatori

By Franco Amatori

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I am grateful to Louis Galambos and Mary O’Sullivan for comments on various drafts. 1 Indeed, the neoclassical research agenda by its very definition – the study of the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses – places the process of economic development beyond its analytical scope. Using this definition, conventional economic analysis assumes that, in the determination of economic performance, technological and market conditions can be taken as exogenous. The neoclassical economist takes the “scarcity” of resources – technology – and the “competing” uses to which they can be allocated – markets – as given constraints in the resource allocation process.

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Williamson introduced or elaborated a number of concepts that should now be familiar to most business historians. 20 As a result, time and historical particularity, two essential aspects of history, were creeping down this theoretical path into the economics of the firm and corroding the frictionless mechanism of mathematical analysis. These developments spawned a collaborative effort under the auspices of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) to bring economics and business history even closer together.

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