French Economics in the Enlightenment

Margaret Schabas

in The Natural Origins of Economics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780226735696
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226735719 | DOI:
French Economics in the Enlightenment

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This chapter examines the contribution of French thinkers in the development of the concept of economics. It highlights the work of Francois Quesnay and Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot in establishing the linkages between natural and economic phenomena and describes some of the subsequent development in French economics. This chapter suggests that the most influential French contributors to economics were A. A. Cournot and Léon Walras despite their failure to gain an audience among economists until the end of their careers.

Keywords: French thinkers; economics; Francois Quesnay; Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot; economic phenomena; French economics; A. A. Cournot; Léon Walras

Chapter.  6963 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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