Technical and Organizational Innovations in Pin Manufacturing

By Jean-louis Peaucelle

Pins were made of brass from the Bronze Age to the nineteenth century. During this period of labor in the Netherlands, France, and England. Adam Smith chose this industry to link the specialization of workers to their productive power. Based on this example, it is possible to study in concrete terms how innovations appear, are valued and are spread. JEL code: O33


  • pin-making
  • division of labour
  • industrial history
  • specialisation
  • innovation
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