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Richard Cantillon: Entrepreneur and Economist

Antoin E. Murphy


This book analyses the career and writings of the enigmatic Irish‐born economist Richard Cantillon, a banker and entrepreneur. Cantillon's work is examined in the context of the stock market speculation generated by John Law's Mississippi System and the South Sea Bubble of 1720. Cantillon was an active trader in this period and made a considerable fortune by correctly anticipating the market crashes of both the Mississippi Company and the South Sea Bubble.

Keywords: Richard Cantillon, entrepreneur, financial innovation, France, John Law, macroeconomics, Mississippi System, money, South Sea Bubble

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1989 Print ISBN-13: 9780198286820
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198286821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antoin E. Murphy, author
Trinity College Dublin
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