Alessandro Roncaglia – The Wealth of Ideas
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Paperback: 598 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (30 Nov 2006)
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.4 x 22.8 cm
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wealth of Ideas, first published in 2005, traces the history of economic thought, from its prehistory (the Bible, Classical antiquity) to the present day. In this eloquently written, scientifically rigorous and well documented book, chapters on William Petty, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, William Stanley Jevons, Carl Menger, Léon Walras, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, Joseph Schumpeter and Piero Sraffa alternate with chapters on other important figures and on debates of the period. Economic thought is seen as developing between two opposite poles: a subjective one, based on the ideas of scarcity and utility, and an objective one based on the notions of physical costs and surplus. Professor Roncaglia focuses on the different views of the economy and society and on their evolution over time and critically evaluates the foundations of the scarcity-utility approach in comparison with the Classical/Keynesian approach.
“This is an impressive, wide-ranging and useful volume.” Business History Review Geoffrey M. Hodgson, University of Hertfordshire
Eloquently written and scientifically rigorous, this well documented 2005 book traces the history of economic thought from antiquity to the present day. It focuses on different views of the economy and society and on their evolution over time, and critically evaluates the scarcity-utility approach in comparison with the Classical/Keynesian approach.
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