Using simulation experiments to test historical explanations: the development of the German dye industry 1857-1913

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Abstract

In a simulation experiment, building on the abductive simulation approach of Brenner and Werker (2007), we test historical explanations for why German firms came to surpass British and France firms and to dominate the global synthetic dye industry for three decades before World War 1 while the U.S. never achieved large market share despite large home demand. Murmann and Homburg (J Evol Econ 11(2):177–205, 2001) and Murmann (2003) argued that German firms came to dominate the global industry because of (1) the high initial number of chemists in Germany at the start of the industry in 1857, (2) the high responsiveness of the German university system and (3) the late (1877) introduction of a patent regime in Germany as well as the more narrow construction of this regime compared to Britain, France and the U.S. We test the validity of these three potential explanations with the help of simulation experiments. The experiments show that the 2nd explanation—the high responsiveness of the German university system— is the most compelling one because unlike the other two it is true for virtually all plausible historical settings.

Authors Brenner, Thomas & Murmann, Johann P.
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Evolutionary Economics : JEE
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 21 November 2015
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Berlin
Volume 26
Number 4
Page Range 907-932
Number of Pages 25
ISSN 0936-9937
ISSN-Digital 1432-1386
Publisher DOI 10.1007/s00191-015-0430-8
Official URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00191...
Contact Email Address peter.murmann@unisg.ch
Depositing User Michele Kölbener
Date Deposited 04 Oct 2018 11:12
Last Modified 14 Jun 2021 00:23
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/255188

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Brenner, Thomas & Murmann, Johann P. (2015) Using simulation experiments to test historical explanations: the development of the German dye industry 1857-1913. Journal of Evolutionary Economics : JEE, 26 (4). 907-932. ISSN 0936-9937

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