I've written a bit about the Industrial Revolution and long term growth on the blog:
- A Solow Paradox for the Industrial Revolution
- World GDP growth and silly models
- Limits to knowledge of growth
- Sustained growth?
- Dynamic information equilibrium: world population since the neolithic
- The long trend in labor hours
- Three centuries of dynamic equilibria in the UK
But coming across this data set made me fear for the future — what if growth as we know it is over for an extended period? That's going to be my driving question for my next book. The implications will be hard to understand if only because our current institutions rely on economic growth in order to function.
No idea when it'll come out — it might be a couple of years.