LEON WALRAS ELEMENTS OF PURE ECONOMICS PDF

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Because Walras wrote in French, his work did not get much attention in Britain, the hotbed of 19th-century economics; however, today he, Karl Marx , and David Ricardo are the most widely studied 19th-century economists.

Leaving school after a year, he tried literature unsuccessfully. In his father, the economist Auguste Walras, persuaded him to devote his life to economics. Lacking the necessary formal training, however, Walras could not get a university position. After a brief flirtation with journalism, he worked for several business firms unsuccessfully. Both the bank and the periodical failed in , but two years later Walras was appointed to the chair of political economy at the Academy of Lausanne, Switzerland.

He retired in He is generally credited with having founded what subsequently became known, under the leadership of the Italian economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto , as the Lausanne school of economists.

In doing so, he tied together the theories of production, exchange, money , and capital. Walras also advocated the abolition of taxes and the nationalization of private land to generate revenue for the government.

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Because Walras wrote in French, his work did not get much attention in Britain, the hotbed of 19th-century economics; however, today he, Karl Marx , and David Ricardo are the most widely studied 19th-century economists. Leaving school after a year, he tried literature unsuccessfully. In his father, the economist Auguste Walras, persuaded him to devote his life to economics. Lacking the necessary formal training, however, Walras could not get a university position.

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His father was not a professional economist, yet his economic thinking had a profound effect on his son. He found the value of goods by setting their scarcity relative to human wants. He worked as a bank manager, journalist, romantic novelist and railway clerk before turning to economics. He also asserts that all other taxes i. Through Cournot, Walras came under the influence of French rationalism and was introduced to the use of mathematics in economics. As Professor of Political Economy at the University of Lausanne , Walras is credited with founding the Lausanne school of economics, along with his successor Vilfredo Pareto.

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