Industry in Kirkcaldy: Mapping the Structure of Business in Twentieth-Century Scotland

Mackie, R. L. (1998). Industry in Kirkcaldy: Mapping the Structure of Business in Twentieth-Century Scotland. Scottish Economic and Social History, 18(1) pp. 61–84.

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Abstract

This paper looks at the structure of industry and how it changed in one region of Scotland between 1900 and 1970. It looks in particular at entry and exit rates, firm survival, and family ownership. It shows that firms were remarkably successful at surviving the economic crises of the first half of the century, so that in the immediate post-1945 years the area continue to be dominated by long-established family firms. Major change followed in the 1960s.

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