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The classical economists revisited

Author: D P O'Brien
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
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"The Classical Economists Revisited conveys the extent, diversity, and richness of the literature of economics produced in the period extending from David Hume's Essays of 1752 to the final contributions of Fawcett and Cairnes in the 1870s. D. P. O'Brien has thoroughly updated, rewritten, and expanded the influential work he first published in 1975, The Classical Economists. In particular, he sets out to make clear
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: D P O'Brien
ISBN: 0691119392 9780691119397
OCLC Number: 53485067
Notes: Rev. ed. of: The classical economists. 1975.
Description: xviii, 423 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The classical economic stage: The period of classical economics --
The personnel of classical economics --
The backgrounds of the classical economists --
A scientific community? --
The economic history of the classical age --
2. The roots of classical economics: Introduction --
The intellectual environment --
Adam Smith --
David Ricardo --
The later classical economists --
3. The characteristics and preconceptions of classical economics: The focus of classical economics --
Population --
The method of classical economics --
4. Classical value theory: Adam Smith --
David Ricardo --
"Cost-of-production" theories of value after Ricardo --
The subjective value theorists: J.B. Say ; N.W. Senior ; M. Longfield ; W.F. Lloyd ; Other writers --
Conclusion --
5. The classical theory of distribution: Wages --
Profits --
Rent --
Relative shares --
Conclusion --
6. Classical monetary theory: The historical background --
The nature of money --
The basic theory --
The bullion debate --
Monetary control: the bank charter debate --
A fundamental flaw? --
Inflation --
Conclusion --
7. International trade: Absolute advantage: trade and growth --
Comparative advantage --
Reciprocal demand --
The terms of trade --
Trade policy: Robert Torrens and the Cuba case ; Torrens and his critics ; Further problems --
Customs unions --
The transfer problem: transfer mechanisms ; Classical transfers --
Conclusion --
8. The classical theory of growth and development: The Smithian growth process --
The classical vision of growth after Smith: T.R. Malthus ; J.R. McCulloch ; J.S. Mill --
Machinery and gluts: The machinery question ; Capital accumulation and gluts --
Productive and unproductive labor --
Conclusion --
9. Classical public finance: General principles of public finance --
Tax finance: Direct taxes ; Indirect taxes --
National debt --
Conclusion --
Appendix: Net present value taxation --
10. The policy prescriptions of classical economists: The legitimate role of government --
Detailed treatment of intervention, the domestic economy: The factory acts ; Mechanization ; Pauperism ; Education ; Trade unions --
Policy for Ireland --
Colonies and colonial policy --
Conclusion --
11. Classical economics: a retrospect.
Responsibility: D.P. O'Brien.
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