Peter Groenewegen is one of the world's foremost scholars of eighteenth century economics - the era that saw the effective 'mainstreaming' of the discipline in the work of Smith, Turgot and Quesnay. This collection of essays amounts to the definitive guide to eighteenth century economics and is a must for any economist's bookshelves.
Eighteenth Century Economics represents four decades of Peter Groenewegen's research of that period. Presented in chronological order, the essays read not only as an authoritative summary of that period, but also as a guide to the evolution of Groenewegen's writings down the years. There can be no doubt that this book is truly indispensable to any serious economist and will prove a valuable resource for students of the history of economic thought.
Table of Contents
Part I: 1. Turgot, Beccaria and Smith 2. Thoughts on the Emergence of Economics as a Science 3. New Light on the Origins of Modern Economics Part II: 4. Labour and the Classical Economics 5. Boisguilbert and Eighteenth Century Economics 6. The French Connection: Some Case studies of French Influences on British Economics in the Eighteenth Century 7. Employment and Machinery: Two Classical Debates on the Effects of Automation 8. The Notion of the Subsistence Wage in Pre-Smithian Classical Political Economy 9. Sir James Steuart and Richard Cantillon 10. Editing the Classics in the Antipodes with Special Reference to the Problem of Identifying Anonymous Authors Part III: 11. Laissez Faire: Reflections on the French Foundations 12. The Physiocrats: the Origins of Scientific Economics and the Single Tax 13. Quesnay's First Publication in Economics: the Article Fermier for the Encyclopédie 14. Du Pont de Nemours on the Origins and Progress of a New Science 15. Reflections on Pietro Verri's Political Economy 16. A Re-Appraisal of Turgot's Theory of Value, Exchange and Price Determination 17. A Reinterpretation of Turgot's Theory of Capital and Interest 18. Turgot: Forerunner of Neo-Classical Economics? 19. Turgot's Place in the History of Economic Thought: a Bicentenary Estimate 20. Turgot and Adam Smith 21. A New Catalogue of Adam Smith's Library 22. Adam Smith and the Division of Labour: a Bicentenary Estimate 23. Productivity of Labour, Thrift and Economic Progress: Adam Smith's Optimistic View of Economic Development
Peter Groenewegen is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney