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

Antoin E. Murphy


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 François 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 re-creates specific moments in their careers that influenced both their lives and their writings. Building on these events the contributions of each aut ... More

Keywords: macroeconomic ideas, macroeconomic concepts, Sir William Pettry, François Quesnay, David Hume, Adam Smith, Richard Cantillon, Henry Thornton, John Law, Anne Robert Jacques Turgot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199543229
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antoin E. Murphy, author
Associate Professor of Economics, Trinity College Dublin
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