The Genesis of Macroeconomics: New Ideas from Sir William Petty to Henry Thornton

The Genesis of Macroeconomics: New Ideas from Sir William Petty to Henry Thornton

by Antoin E. Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199543224

ISBN-13: 9780199543229

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is a book about the discovery of macroeconomic ideas and concepts long before the term macroeconomics had been coined. The cast of authors varies from doctors and physicians (Sir William Petty and Francois Quesnay), to philosophers (David Hume and Adam Smith), to bankers (Richard Cantillon and Henry Thornton) to Prime Ministers of France (John Law and Anne Robert…  See more details below

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This is a book about the discovery of macroeconomic ideas and concepts long before the term macroeconomics had been coined. The cast of authors varies from doctors and physicians (Sir William Petty and Francois Quesnay), to philosophers (David Hume and Adam Smith), to bankers (Richard Cantillon and Henry Thornton) to Prime Ministers of France (John Law and Anne Robert Jacques Turgot) .These authors had very rich and varied careers and the book invites readers to imagine specific moments in their careers that influenced both their lives and their writings. Building on these events the contributions of each author are outlined and discussed. Examination of their writings show that by the start of the nineteenth century they had left a rich legacy of macroeconomics ranging from the analysis and measurement of national income, the depiction of the circular flow of income, the debate on the role of money in the economy, the way to model the economy, the importance of labour, land and capital, the role of entrepreneur ship, the Central Bank as a lender of last resort, and much more.

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ISBN-13:
9780199543229
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates

List of Figures

1 Introduction: The Genesis of Macroeconomics 1

2 Sir William Petty: National Income Accounting 21

3 John Law: A New Monetary System 43

4 Richard Cantillon: Macroeconomic Modelling 73

5 David Hume: The Classical Theory of Money 95

6 Francois Quesnay: The Circular Flow of Income 119

7 Anne Robert Jacques Turgot: The Importance of Capital 133

8 Adam Smith: Land, Labour, Capital, and Social Cement 155

9 Henry Thornton: The Lender of Last Resort 189

10 Conclusion: New Ideas from Fascinating People 215

Index 227

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