Leon Walras: Elements of Theoretical Economics: Or the Theory of Social Wealth

Leon Walras: Elements of Theoretical Economics: Or the Theory of Social Wealth

By: Leon Walras (author), Donald A. Walker (editor_and_translator), Jan Van Daal (editor_and_translator)Hardback

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In his fourth edition of Elements d'economie politique pure (1900), Leon Walras introduced the device of written pledges to eliminate path dependency: sellers of products and services write out commitments to supply certain quantities at suggested prices with no commodities actually produced and supplied until a set of prices is found at which supply and demand are equal simultaneously in every market. This brought about very serious alterations to the character of the book. Unfortunately, these changes resulted in an incomplete, internally contradictory, and occasionally incoherent text. This translation, therefore, by two leading scholars of Leon Walras' work, Donald Walker and Jan van Daal, revisits the third edition of this seminal work, including Walras' brilliant explanation of his comprehensive model, with all its richness derived from reality. Growing research into Walras' work indicates that it was this third edition that contained his best theoretical research and a translation of this edition of the book is now a necessity.

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About Author

Donald A. Walker received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He specializes in microeconomic theory and the history of neoclassical economic thought. Dr Walker was the president of the History of Economics Society (1987-8), named Distinguished Fellow of that Society (2006), editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought (1990-8), and founder and first president of the International Walras Association (1997-2000). Among numerous other publications, he is the author of two books and many articles on the writings of Leon Walras, including Walrasian Economics (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Jan van Daal received a Ph.D. from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He has researched and taught in the areas of mathematical economics and published on demand systems, aggregation problems, and the theory and history of general economic equilibrium. Dr van Daal specializes in research on the life and works of Leon Walras and has published, among other writings, The Equilibrium Economics of Leon Walras (with Albert Jolink, 1993), the translation of Walras' Etudes d'economie appliquee (2005), and the translation of Walras' Etudes d'economie sociale (with Donald Walker, 2010).

Contents

Translators' introduction; Part I. Objects and Divisions of Economics: 1. Adam Smith's and J.-B. Say's definitions; 2. Distinction between science, the arts, and ethics; 3. Social wealth; 4. The fact of industry and applied economics; Part II. Theory of Exchange: 5. The market and competition; 6. Curves of effective demand and effective supply; 7. Discussion of the solution of the problem of the exchange of two commodities for each other; 8. Utility or want curves; 9. Discussion of demand curves; 10. Rarete, or the cause of value in exchange; 11. The problem of the exchange of several commodities for one another; 12 General formula of the mathematical solution of the problem of the exchange of several commodities for one another; 13. Law of the variation of the prices of the commodities; 14. Theorem of equivalent redistributions; 15. Purchase curves and sales curves; 16. Exposition and refutation of Adam Smith's and J.-B. Say's doctrines of the origin of value in exchange; Part III. Theory of Production: 17. Capital and income; 18. Elements and mechanism of production; 19. The entrepreneur; 20. Equations of production; 21. Solution of the equations of production; 22. The principle of free competition; Part IV. Theory of Capital Formation and Credit: 23. Gross and net income; 24. Equations of capital formation and credit; 25. Solution of the equations of capital formation and credit; 26. Theorem of the maximum utility of new capital goods; 27. Laws of the determination and variation of the prices of capital goods; 28. Increase of the quantity of products; 29. Critique of the physiocratic doctrine; 30. Exposition and refutation of the English theory of the price of products; 31. Exposition and refutation of the English theory of rent; 32. Exposition and refutation of the English theories of wages and interest; Part V. Theory of Money: 33. The problem of the value of money; 34. Mathematical theory of bimetallism; 35. Relative stability of the value of the bimetallic standard; 36. Fiduciary money and offsetting claims; Part VI. Price Fixing, Monopoly, and Taxation: 37. Price fixing and monopoly; 38. Taxation.

Product Details

  • publication date: 23/10/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781107064133
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 588
  • ID: 9781107064133
  • weight: 960
  • ISBN10: 1107064139

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