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The genesis of money: the economic theories confronted to the anthropology and history lessons

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  • Pierre ALARY
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    From a conceptual point of view, the Jevons' theory of money impacts the contemporary research on money. The following paper checks if the constraints identified by this author explain the money genesis in a historical perspective. This comparative analysis proves that exchanges are not a goad in pre-market economies. Therefore, in these economies, the constraints identified by Jevons do not exist and, historically, the double coincidence of want (for example) does not explain the genesis of money.

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    Article provided by L'Harmattan in its journal Cahiers d'économie Politique.

    Volume (Year): (2009)
    Issue (Month): 56 (January -June)
    Pages: 129-149

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    Handle: RePEc:cpo:journl:y:2009:i:56:p:129-149

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