An Outline of the History of Economic Thought by Ernesto Screpanti PDF

By Ernesto Screpanti

ISBN-10: 0199279136

ISBN-13: 9780199279135

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ISBN-13: 9780199279142

This e-book offers a accomplished evaluate of the advance of economics from its beginnings--at the tip of the center Ages--to modern advancements, together with a few major contributions of the Nineteen Eighties. the industrial considered the final 50 years has been given specific recognition to mirror the amazing progress in study entire in this interval. The authors current conventional and sleek theories as a part of a old method. they've got not just surveyed monetary inspiration from a theoretical point of view, yet have reconstructed the highbrow weather from which new fiscal theories have emerged.

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The relationship between owner and slave, a relationship that is only possible if the slave can produce more than he consumes, was transformed into one between owner and serf. The serf was tied to the land he cultivated and received protection from the lord in return for certain economic and political services. The ultimate control of economic activity was in the hands of the king, who could, in most cases, transfer the feuds from one lord to another. Land and labour were transferred rather than bought and sold; and this meant that there was no need for labour and land markets.

On the other hand, two different orientations focusing on the same problem are not comparable, as they are derived from different pre-analytical premisses. In regard to the problem of the distribution of income, for example, there is an orientation, founded on the presupposition that an economy is a set of exchange relationships among individuals, which tends to reduce the problem to that of the determination of the prices of the productive services. There is, however, another orientation, one based on the premiss that the economy is a system of functional and/or conflictual relations among social classes, which considers the distributive problem as that of dividing the national product among the classes.

Bibliography On the ‘absolutist’ approach: M. ’, in R. D. G. Black, C. D. W. ), The Marginal Revolution in Economics (Durham, 1973); J. E. Cairnes, Essays on Political Economy (London 1873, reprint New York, 1965); F. , (Turin, 1889); D. F. Gordon, ‘The Role of the History of Economic Thought in the Understanding of Modern Economic Theory’, American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings (1965); F. H. Knight, On the History and Method of Economics (Chicago, 1956); M. -B. Say, Cours complet d’e´conomie politique pratique (Paris, 1840); G.

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